Vision Zero keeps people safely moving, working and thriving in Edmonton.

What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is the long-term goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries.

Vision Zero has been adopted by leaders in traffic safety including countries such as Australia and England, and major cities such as Oslo, New York, Denver, Minneapolis and San Francisco.

Vision Zero Principles

  • No loss of life is acceptable
  • Traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable
  • We all make mistakes
  • We are all physically vulnerable when involved in motor vehicle collisions
  • Eliminating fatalities and serious injuries requires Edmontonians and the City to prioritize safety

How Will We Achieve Vision Zero?

The Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025 will help us reach Vision Zero through safe and livable streets.

Throughout 2020, we worked collaboratively with Edmontonians and partners to develop the Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025. Through the Crash and Equity Analysis, we identified a high injury network to learn where crashes are happening, and we applied an equity lens to determine who is more exposed to crashes and risk of crashes. This work helped us better understand the experiences that people are having on our streets.

This strategy will help to shape how Edmonton’s streets are planned, designed, built, activated, and maintained. Learn about the themes and key actions that will guide us through 2021-2022 here.

The Path to Vision Zero

Drawing from global transportation safety, the lived experiences of Edmontonians, and technical analysis, the Safe Mobility Strategy incorporates the following learnings:

  • Injury from crashes is largely preventable and predictable — it is a human-made problem amenable to rational analysis and countermeasure, which requires holistic data and proactive interventions.
  • Common driving, walking, cycling, and motorcycling errors and behaviours should not lead to death and serious injury. The transportation system should help us to cope with increasingly demanding conditions.
  • The vulnerability of the human body should be a limiting design parameter for the transportation system. Speed management is central to this.
  • Transportation safety is a multi-disciplinary issue and a public health issue. All sectors, including health, need to be fully engaged in responsibility, activity, and advocacy for injury prevention.
  • Transportation safety needs to focus on all modes of travel. Equal protection is needed for all travellers, and we must recognize that when we travel in a vehicle, we bear more responsibility for the safety of others because we are protected by a metal frame. People moving outside of vehicles are not as protected and are at much higher risk.
  • Transportation safety and injuries are social equity issues. Local knowledge needs to inform the implementation of local solutions. Our concerns and needs vary based on our identity.

See how far we have come, and what’s next as we strive to make Edmonton’s streets safer and neighbourhoods more livable. Read the Annual Report.