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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?

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.
     

Vision Zero Timeline

2021

Implementation of the Safe Mobility Strategy begins. Learn more at edmonton.ca/safestreets.

2020

Development of 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.

2019

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.

2016

Canada adopted Vision Zero as a federal strategy.

2016 Vision Zero Annual Report

2015

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

2006

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.

1997

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

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