A Vancouver Councillor is aiming to cut traffic fatalities in the city.
Heather Deal is putting a motion to council this week to come up with a plan to get the city to zero traffic fatalities.
The plan is backed by Mayor Gregor Robertson, who said in a statement that he will be supporting the motion.
He says it takes further steps toward the City of Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 goal of having no traffic-related fatalities.
“Our ultimate goal is to eliminate all fatalities within our active transportation system and make sure road users feel safe and comfortable getting around Vancouver, whether by bike, foot, car or transit.”
But Vancouver is not the first city to move towards that goal.
Vision Zero is a global initiative focused on road safety with a long-term goal of having zero fatalities and zero major injuries on city’s roads.
Canada’s only city to have implemented the Vision Zero approach to road safety is Edmonton.
The city approved the strategy back in September 2015.
Part of Edmonton’s Vision Zero plan is to focus on the five E’s of traffic safety: engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation, and engagement.
Engineering played a big part. A report showed right-turn engineering changes reduced collisions by 75% in 18 Edmonton intersections from 2009 to 2014.
New York’s Vision Zero approach focuses on public dialogue and education, law enforcement, street design, and legislation.
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Can it work?
During 1997, when Sweden first adopted the Vision Zero strategy, there were 541 road fatalities; by 2011 that number had gone down by 42% to 314.
However Norway adopted the initiative in 1999 but research since then has shown it’s had little effect.
A report from Transport Canada shows B.C. had the highest rate of pedestrian injuries of all provinces from 1992 to 2001.
Vancouver has had six traffic-related fatalities in 2016 so far.
Nine pedestrians were killed in 2015.
If the motion passes this Tuesday, staff will have to come up with a strategy for their vision.
They would have to report their findings by June and come up with long-term policies by November this year.