Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive five year (2017-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto's streets. With over 50 safety measures across our 6 emphasis areas, the Plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users, through a range of initiatives.
In 2015, as the Chair of Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, I spearheaded Toronto's first-ever Vision Zero Road Safety Plan – a comprehensive, city-wide strategy to develop and deliver international road safety programs. Vision Zero primarily focuses on analyzing the structural causes of accidents and then working to address these problems. A number of major American cities, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles, have adopted variations of Vision Zero.
The plan takes a data-based, strategic approach and includes more than 50 countermeasures across six emphasis areas – pedestrians, school children, older adults, cyclists, motorcyclists and aggressive driving and distraction.
As part of the Road Safety Plan, I moved to ensure that community engagement was front and centre, hosting the city's inaugural Road Safety Plan Roundtable in January 2016, which brought together key stakeholders from more than 20 organizations to share knowledge and ideas about traffic safety best practices.
It was adopted unanimously by City Council in July 2016, as a five year plan, spanning from 2017-2021.
In July, I hosted Toronto’s second annual Vision Zero Summit, which brought together more than 20 stakeholder groups and road safety experts to discuss progress on the Road Safety Plan and our next steps as a city.
Throughout 2017, staff aggressively rolled out 3 critical programs to improve road safety: Pedestrian Safety Corridors, Seniors Safety Zones and School Safety Zones.
Moving into the second official year of the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, there are no signs of slowing down. At City Council in November 2017, I moved a motion requesting further acceleration and expansion of the Road Safety Plan in 2018.
The City is committed to Vision Zero and its fundamental message that fatalities and serious injuries on our roads are preventable, and we must strive to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries to zero.
For more information about Toronto's Road Safety Plan, check out the brochure below. You can also visit the Vision Zero website here.