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Vision Zero Action Plan

Harris County is adopting the international Vision Zero movement’s philosophy that traffic deaths are preventable, and that human error needs to be factored into our decision making process.

The Vision Zero Action Plan will include both engineered and non-engineered solutions and will include an implementation plan that includes short-term, medium-term, and long-term initiatives to reach the Plan’s goals. Each initiative will include interim targets and timelines, and performance measures. 

The Vision Zero Action Plan will be included in the 2040 Harris County Transportation Plan. The goal is to create a framework in which, over time, traffic fatalities and traffic-related serious injuries will be eliminated in Unincorporated Harris County. Furthermore, Harris County is working alongside the City of Houston Vision Zero to ensure that our region meets this commitment to a safer future together.

The work done to create the Plan will follow the nine components of a strong Vision Zero commitment called out by the Vision Zero Network:

  • Political Commitment
  • Multi-Disciplinary Leadership
  • Action Plan
  • Equity
  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Systems- Based Approach
  • Data-Driven
  • Community Engagement
  • Transparency

The Harris County Vision Zero Steering Committee formed in January 2020, and includes community members, interest and advocacy groups to represent all modes and users of the transportation system, METRO, City of Houston, and Harris County personnel from several departments, offices, and Precincts. The initial meeting was held on January 30, 2020.

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Vision Zero Steering Committee

Harris County maintains a Vision Zero Steering Committee comprised of representatives of the following entities:

  • Association of Water Board Directors-Texas
  • Bike Houston
  • City of Tomball
  • City of Houston Planning & Development
  • Connect Community
  • Creekside Park Village Association
  • Creekside Park Village Association
  • East Aldine Mgmt. Dist., Hawes Hill Calderon
  • Galveston Bay Foundation, Cycle Clear Lake
  • Greater Northside Management District
  • Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
  • Harris County Precinct 1
  • Harris County Precinct 2
  • Harris County Precinct 3
  • Harris County Precinct 4
  • Harris County Public Health
  • Harris County Sheriff
  • Harris County Engineering Department
  • Harris County Judge’s Office
  • HCOEM
  • H-GAC
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Link Houston
  • Living Hope Wheelchair Association
  • METRO
  • NAMI of Greater Houston
  • Public Policy & Outreach
  • TEI - Traffic Engineers, Inc.
  • TXDOT