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Vision Zero Task Force Charter

February 16, 2017


Vision Zero Action Plan. The Vision Zero Action Plan is Portland's roadmap to achieving zero fatalities or serious injuries on our streets. The Plan was unanimously approved by the Vision Zero Task Force and adopted by Portland City Council on December 1, 2016. The Vision Zero Task Force was instrumental to shaping the plan, including developing the 32 Vision Zero actions to be implemented in the next two years and five years. Developed by community and agency leaders, the Vision Zero Action Plan is data-driven, human‐inspired, bold, innovative, and action‐oriented.

Vision Zero Task Force. Following adoption of the Vision Zero Action Plan, the Vision Zero Task Force is charged with:

  • Committing to a two‐year term serving on the Vision Zero Task Force, January 2017 through December 2018.
  • Providing direction to the City and its partners to guide implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan, including reviewing and informing projects and programs, overseeing that Action Plan commitments are met, and tracking performance measure reporting.
  • Acting as a liaison to organizations and agencies, sharing information and soliciting feedback to inform implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan.
  • Engaging with member organizations or agencies with implementation as appropriate. 


Membership. Vision Zero Task Force members who participated in developing the Vision Zero Action Plan will continue to serve on the Task Force and will oversee plan implementation. Additionally, a couple of new members have been invited to fill positions that former members are no longer able to fill. Task Force members are decision‐makers from the Portland region who represent organizations and agencies that are both impacted by, and responsible for, implementation of Vision Zero actions.

Roles and Responsibilities.

  • Attend quarterly meetings. If a member cannot attend a meeting that member is requested to invite an alternate to attend.
  • Review information before meetings.
  • Express concerns, issues and perspectives clearly, honestly and early in the process.
  • Provide guidance on Vision Zero action implementation and reporting.
  • Act as a liaison to their organizations or agencies.
  • Speak about the project to the media and stakeholders in ways that are supportive of the group process.
  • Follow the Meeting Guidelines as identified below.


2018 Schedule

  • Meeting #1: March 6 (Tues), 9:30 a.m. to noon, City Hall Rose Room (3rd floor)
  • Meeting #2: June 5 (Tues), 9:30 a.m. to noon, City Hall Rose Room (3rd floor)
  • Meeting #3: September 11 (Tues), 9:30 a.m. to noon, City Hall Lovejoy Room (2nd floor)
  • Meeting #4 December 4 (Tues), 9:30 a.m. to noon, City Hall Rose Room (3rd floor)

Guidelines. During Task Force meetings:

  • Listen carefully and speak honestly.
  • Bring up issues or concerns early.
  • Respect the views of others.
  • Keep an open perspective.
  • Critique issues, not people or organizations.
  • Allow everyone to speak without dominating the conversation; share the air.
  • Take responsibility for the success of the meeting.
  • Listen and consider both community and citywide concerns.
  • Start and end meetings on time.
  • Seek to provide solutions for issues or concerns that are raised.

Public Comment. Facilitator will provide opportunities for brief public comment or announcements relating to agenda items at the end of each meeting, not to exceed 10 minutes of allotted meeting time with a maximum of 3 minutes per individual without consent of the committee. Members of the public who do not have time to speak or have more to say than the allotted time allows can submit comments to become part of the public record.


  • Discussions will strive for agreement but consensus is not needed to move forward. For the purposes of the Vision Zero Task Force, “consensus” is defined as the point where all members agree on the best option for the group even if it is not each member’s personal favorite.
  • If consensus cannot be reached, then 2/3 of Task Force members present must agree on a decision to be considered a group recommendation. Any members who do not support the recommendation may prepare a separate written statement to be shared with the Task Force members and project management team, and have included with the meeting record.
  • All opinions will be part of the meeting summary.
  • To further vet specific actions, the Task Force can form working groups as deemed necessary.
  • The Task Force may advance funding recommendations to the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee for consideration