In 2020, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted a Vision Zero policy and created a Vision Zero working group to help the region eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Data, policy initiatives and technical assistance form the main pillars of MTC’s Vision Zero efforts. WSP USA helped MTC develop the Bay Area Vision Zero Data System (BAYVIZ) and the Bay Area Vision Zero Action Plan in partnership with technology firm mySidewalk.
BAYVIZ is a data-driven resource to help MTC stakeholders plan for Vision Zero implementation within a selected area of interest. Powered by software developed by mySidewalk, BAYVIZ uses a relational database of crash data, roadway attribute data and demographic information to tell a story about safety needs within a boundary selected by an end user. Any agency in the Bay Area can use BAYVIZ to create an on-demand dashboard for a specific sub-area that immediately gives them actionable insights into safety issues in their area of interest.
Using BAYVIZ as the foundation of the data analysis, WSP developed the Bay Area Vision Zero Action Plan. This document includes a comprehensive literature review, a review of current safety practices in the Bay Area and in-depth analysis of region-wide safety data. The work included a robust systemic analysis, highlighting which roadway features and land use contexts most contributed to elevated crash risk. This analysis was used to inform challenge-area identification, countermeasures selection and action steps.