Vision Zero began in Sweden in 1997. It aims to make roads safe and reduce accidental deaths and injuries to zero by improving the transportation system using proven tools and core principles. The approach can be summarized in one sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. It's based on the fact that we are human and make mistakes, and so the road system must be designed to protect us for those mistakes.
New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has adopted that approach for the city, explaining his plan at a press conference in a Queens public school's schoolyard, which was symbolic because that's where eight-year-old Noshat Nahian was headed when he was struck and killed by the driver of an 18-wheeler truck, a man with a history of reckless driving who was "allegedly operating with a suspended license".
See for yourself, straight from the source, thanks to our friend Clarence Eckerson who was there:
You can learn more about the approach on the Vision Zero Initiative website.
I suppose the name 'Vision Zero' is kind of unfortunate for a politician (it's kind of easy to mock), but what really matters is the actual plan to make streets safer and save lives.