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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?

Safety is created every day, together. Vision Zero is a long-term strategy. Making changes to infrastructure and traffic-safety culture takes time.
We will save lives and eliminate serious injuries through the application of an evidence-based approach that uses engineering, education, engagement and enforcement to create safer streets and livable neighbourhoods for everyone.

Throughout 2020, we will work collaboratively with citizens and partners to develop the Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025. The purpose of the Safe Mobility Strategy is to achieve Vision Zero through safe and livable streets in Edmonton. We will use this project as an opportunity to partner with Edmontonians to better understand their experience using our roads, sidewalks, crossings, bike routes and shared pathways.

Vision Zero Timeline


Development of the Safe Mobility Strategy for 2021-2025. The purpose of the Safe Mobility Strategy is to achieve Vision Zero through safe and livable streets in Edmonton.


Since Vision Zero began in 2015, traffic-related fatalities have decreased by 56% and serious injuries have declined by 30%.

In 2019, 87 locations were upgraded with traffic safety improvements. Highlights include:

  • Making it safer to cross the street by upgrading 23 crosswalks
  • Installing 37 new Intersection Safety Devices
  • Recommending a 40km default speed limit
  • Improving safety at 26 schools

Learn about the progress and achievements in the 2019 Vision Zero Annual Report.


Canada adopted Vision Zero as a federal strategy.

2016 Vision Zero Annual Report


City Council approved Edmonton’s Road Safety Strategy 2016-2020, making Edmonton the first major Canadian city to officially adopt Vision Zero.


Data shows that 8,221 people were injured, 507 people were seriously injured and 25 people were killed in collisions on Edmonton streets. The City responded by creating the first municipal Office of Traffic Safety in North America.


Vision Zero began in Sweden in 1997. Sweden currently has the lowest rate of traffic fatalities in the world. Countries and municipalities who have embraced Vision Zero recognize that striving toward zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries is the only ethical goal that makes sense for citizens.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

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In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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