Vision Zero

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The City of Boise is deeply committed to enhancing the safety for all residents to move around our city, whether they choose to bus, bike, walk or drive. The city believes in taking a multi-faceted approach to aim eliminating traffic related fatalities and severe injuries. With a focus on advocacy, planning, education and infrastructure improvements, Boise is dedicated to fostering a city where everyone can move around safely and freely.

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a growing movement across the country to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The concept is deeply rooted in spatial and social equity, ensuring that all users on a street feel safe and like they belong. Implementation of Vision Zero utilizes a multidisciplinary lens to shift the way communities approach traffic safety. Principles include improved traffic and engineering design, data analysis and community engagement to create safer streets. The city has adopted a Vision Zero framework to guide our safety efforts and be more intentional in integrating these elements in our planning processes.

A core tenet of the City of Boise’s Transportation Action Plan (TAP) is expanding mobility choice. Transportation options must be available, convenient, safe, and affordable, in order for there to be a choice as outlined in the TAP. The City of Boise created a Vision Zero Task Force that brought together extensive knowledge and principles in engineering, education, evaluation and planning. The Vision Zero Task Force recommended key actions the city should take to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths and serious injuries on our streets.

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Idaho Policy Institute Crash Analysis

The Task Force’s work was supported by a comprehensive analysis of crashes in Boise from 2005-2020. Findings from this analysis revealed trends in where and when crashes occur as well as some of the most common contributing factors.

  • 43% of crashes are on principal arterial roads
  • 52% of crashes take place at intersections
  • Most crashes occur between the hours of 7 - 8 a.m. and 3 - 5 p.m.

This dashboard contains facts and figures about roadway crashes in Idaho during the years 2005-2020. By navigating the tabs in the dashboard you can examine different factors associated with crashes including type of vehicle, severity of crash, and contributing circumstances. Below the dashboard is an infographic summarizing the findings.

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Traffic Fatality Review Task Force

The City of Boise established the Traffic Fatality Review Task Force in September of 2023 to review fatal and serious crashes occurring in Boise. The group consists of representatives from ACHD, Boise Police and City of Boise. Together they will evaluate the engineering, environmental, and behavioral factors that might have contributed to the crash. City of Boise has partnered with ACHD to aggregate data and insight on observable trends. The group may offer recommendations for policies, infrastructure, educational efforts, or other possible measures to reduce and eliminate future incidents at the crash site and locations with similar characteristics.

Members meet quarterly to review crashes occurring in the previous quarter (but can be more frequent based on assessed needs). Meetings will be one to two hours and are located at Boise City Hall.

What’s next?

  • Develop a Safety Action Plan
  • Create a Safe Street Toolkit for neighborhoods
  • Study and pilot innovative approaches to reducing conflict between vehicles and cyclists

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