Vision Zero in East County

Published September 17, 2019

Read the mobile-first version of the report [link]
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Appendix A - City-Specific Vision Zero Fact Sheets [El Cajon; La Mesa; Lemon Grove; Santee
Appendix B - Sample Vision Zero Resolution [PDF]
Press Release [link]


Report Summary


The Problem

In 2018, 1,992 people walking and biking were injured and 101 people walking and biking were killed on our roads in San Diego County. Nationally more than 37,000 people were killed during their daily commute in 2018. 

Nationally more than 37,000 people were killed during their daily commute in 2018. Generally when tens of thousands of people die each year, it is considered an epidemic and resources are dedicated to protect the community through medicine, vaccines, and policies. It is time for city leaders to shift the mindset of looking at traffic collisions as “accidents,” and begin taking action to save lives.

The Solution

Vision Zero is a data-driven approach to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries on our roadways, within a specific time frame, by increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility. Vision Zero started in Sweden in the 1990s and because of its proven track record, has gained popularity internationally and has been adopted by more than 30 cities nationwide, including the cities of San Diego, La Mesa, and Imperial Beach.

Vision Zero strategies focus on:

  • Reducing speed limits and prioritizing safety.
  • Redesigning streets to make them accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Raising awareness of unsafe activities and changing behaviors.
  • Enhancing data-driven traffic enforcement in the areas of greatest concern.

Vision Zero challenges the traditional approach to traffic safety by recognizing that death and severe injury can be prevented.

Circulate San Diego developed this report for policymakers and community advocates interested in saving lives and creating safer streets for all. In this report you will find background information on Vision Zero, data on the most dangerous intersections and corridors for each city in East County, and tried and tested recommendations to start saving lives.

The following are actions communities can take to work towards achieving Vision Zero:

  • Introduce traffic calming measures where crashes occur most frequently.
  • Prioritize safety for Capital Improvement Program funding prioritization.
  • Adopt Complete Streets policies and update street design guidelines.
  • Research data to determine most dangerous behaviors contributing to crashes.

This report focuses on San Diego’s East County cities: La Mesa, Santee, Lemon Grove, and El Cajon.

Press Coverage

San Diego Union-Tribune, September 17, 2019

Streetsblog California, September 17, 2019

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