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VISION ZERO Community of Practice


The Vision Zero Community Pairing Program provides a platform for sharing information and best practices, assessing strategies and actions, and forging beneficial learning relationships among Vision Zero peers. The ultimate goal of the Program is to create and foster long-term partnerships to save lives from traffic-related crashes.

The Community Pairing Program features two types of partnerships. The first type is a mentor-mentee partnership in which a more experienced Vision Zero community is paired with one that is less experienced. In this partnership, a mentee community receives a learning opportunity from a mentor community, and the mentor community may get fresh ideas to improve its current Vision Zero related activities. The second type is a peer partnership in which both communities are in similar stages of adopting their Vision Zero programs. They share experiences, policies and practices and use one another as a sounding board to address their concerns and goals.

The paired communities focus on topics of mutual interest. The topics can be technical such as quick-build and the Safe System Approach and non-technical such as community outreach and staffing.


In 2022, FHWA piloted the Community Pairing Program. FHWA adapted select elements from a model in North Carolina. This model focuses on collaborative Vision Zero planning and work, which the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill has been developing for the past several years.

The FHWA pilot included three community pairs. The following is a description of the pilot, the successes, and lessons learned.


The pilot community pairs were:

Pilot Activities

Quarterly Forums

Every quarter in 2022, the pilot communities, including communities that had applied but not been paired in the pilot, met virtually to share some of their efforts.

Site Visits

Staff from Richmond, VA traveled to Tampa, FL and staff from Tampa traveled to Richmond in April and May, respectively, to learn and gain feedback from one another’s Vision Zero implementation efforts. Read a summary of these visits.

Pilot Successes

Participants shared their feedback at the end of the pilot:

Improvements from Pilot

Participants also shared their suggestions for improvements:

2023 Vision Zero Community Pairing Program

The Vision Zero Community Pairing Program advanced from the pilot to the actual Program in 2023. Six community pairs kicked off their two-year partnerships in January 2023:

The Program format follows that of the pilot with several changes and improvements. To make the most out of the partnerships, the partners will focus on fewer topics that are critical to the communities’ efforts to reach their goals of zero road fatalities and serious injuries.

rendering of improvements to a major boulevard: bikes lanes on each side and a median strip with dedicated left turn lanes

Rendering of Portland’s SE Division Street that was redesigned to provide safe and equitable access to all road users. Source: Portland Bureau of Transportation


RSPCB Program Point of Contact
Felix Delgado, FHWA Office of Safety
FHWA Office of Safety

Staff and Primary Work Responsibilities
FHWA Office of Safety

Safety and Design Team
FHWA Resource Center