Bicyclist and pedestrian crashes and the resulting deaths and serious injuries are a serious concern for Martin County. Florida has consistently had the highest pedestrian and bicyclist fatality ratio in the United States; Martin County’s percentage of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities continue to surpass the State’s percentages. Approximately 15% of traffic fatalities within the last two years in Martin County is a pedestrian or a bicyclist. This data underscores a need to improve bicycling and walking conditions in Martin County. Within the last two years the MPO Policy Board adopted the Complete Streets: Access to Transit Study and the Vision Zero Plan to assist with improving safety.
Over the past five years, Martin County welcomed 10,000 new residents and the number of annual visitors continues to climb. Over the same time, there were more than 8,000 crashes on road in Martin County. Of these crashes, 351 resulted in death or serious injury. The Martin MPO is committed to the safety of all users of the Transportation System. For this reason, the MPO developed and adopted a Vision Zero Plan in June 2022.
Goals & Principles
Vision Zero is simple in its mission:
Eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in Martin County. Achieving this goal will require a change in culture because business as usual is generating preventable injuries and deaths every year in Martin County.
The culture change for Vision Zero is grounded in eight key principles:
The work towards Vision Zero is imperative. While the goal is simple, the path to achieve the outcome is challenging and will require a complete reversal from a business-as-usual culture; to build, maintain, and manage the transportation system in Martin County.
Why is the vision imperative? Because even one traffic related death is one too many.
Yet the trends are going in the wrong direction and must change. Traffic crashes in Martin County are increasing and the number of serious injury and fatal crashes over the past five years has remained steady. The cost is loss of loved ones, friends, and co-workers as well as the lasting and debilitating impacts on daily life. The commitment to Vision Zero will save money and lives.
The Vison Zero Action Plan outlines and describes the incremental steps the MPO and its partners will take to achieve the goal of zero serious injuries and fatalities on Martin County streets.
To achieve this goal, the Action Plan will be organized into three focus areas:
Safe Streets – More than any other factor, the physical design of streets shape safety outcomes. Safe streets focus is on the physical changes and associated enforcement to create safe conditions on Martin County’s roads.
Culture – Achieving Vision Zero will be due in part to a change travel behavior. Culture related actions focus on non-infrastructure efforts to educate and encourage safety.
Evaluation & Accountability – The cornerstone of Vision Zero is a data-guided approach. Actions focus on measuring, reporting, and tracking progress.
Safety Streets Data
A cornerstone of any Vision Zero approach is safety data. Data is used to identify what type and how many crashes are occurring, who is impacted by crashes, as well as where and when crashes are occurring. During the last five years from January 1, 2018, until December 31, 2022, there were a total of 26,796 reported crashes in Martin County. The crashes resulted in: 137 fatalities (in 126 crashes); 651 serious injuries 636 crashes), 3,720 personal injuries (in 6,099 crashes); and 20,697 crashes with property damage only.
Martin County Crash Facts