Vision Zero in North America
Vision Zero is a multi-national traffic safety initiative, which was founded in Sweden in the late 1990s. It is based on the philosophy that no one should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system. Ultimately, the main goal of Vision Zero is to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road.
North America has made great strides in adopting the strategy for Canadian and American roadways. Below is a collection of current initiatives. As the Vision Zero movement grows in your own community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add to this list.
- Edmonton has launched Vision Zero with the compelling video above and city strategy.
- British Columbia adopted Vision Zero at provincial level in 2013, as part of the Road Safety Strategy.
- Canadian road safety researcher Neil Arason detailed a road map for action on road safety in his book, No Accident: Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads, which was then covered in a MacLean’s article on road safety.
- The Vision Zero Network, working with U.S. cities, is focused on building momentum and cultivating shifts towards safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
- The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators have released a new road safety strategy that embraces Vision Zero.