Peel Vision Zero Road Safety
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries while increasing mobility and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
This approach to road safety originated in Sweden in 1994. It has been adopted in various forms around the world.
Vision Zero can be summarized in one sentence: No loss of life is acceptable due to a motor vehicle collision.
In today's Vision Zero jurisdictions, we base our decisions on these considerations:
- Human beings make mistakes, so transportation systems are to be designed to be forgiving.
- Safety is prioritized over other factors such as cost, speed, delay, level of service, and convenience.
- Life and health cannot be exchanged for other societal benefits.
- Safety takes precedence over cost-benefit analysis.
This approach will not only prevent collisions from happening in the first place, but also will minimize the consequences of the collisions that do take place.
The Region of Peel has developed a Road Safety Strategic Plan (RSSP) to address collisions on Regional roads that result in injury or death.
The RSSP aims to address several priorities outlined in the Region of Peel's 2015-2035 Strategic Plan by promoting healthy and age-friendly built environments and building a community that promotes safe mobility, walkability, healthy living, and various modes of transportation.
Goal and vision
The Road Safety Strategic Plan (2018 -2022) reflects Peel Region's adoption of the Vision Zero framework.
The ultimate goal is that no one should be injured or killed in Peel Region because of a collision.
Plan aspects and overview
The Road Safety Strategic Plan is a structured program to improve safety for road users.
Region of Peel Council approved the Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan in September 2018.
The program will improve safety through a data-driven effort, incorporating public input and Regional Council priorities by:
- Prioritizing emphasis areas.
- Coordinating with our partners and stakeholders to improve road safety.
- Implementing new or expanded safety countermeasures.
The adoption and implementation of Vision Zero in a jurisdiction requires legislative and significant cultural changes to the approach taken towards road safety, road design, enforcement, and the education of road users.
We determined our Emphasis Areas through analyzing past collisions and consulting with the public.
Our analysis and consultations revealed these top categories:
Enhancing road safety requires a multidisciplinary, holistic, and integrated approach.
The Region of Peel's Road Safety Strategic Plan contains action items that represent our 4-E's of road safety:
- Engineering changes to the physical roadway,
- Education are the measures that change road user behaviour,
- Enforcement of the rules of the road, and
- Empathy helps drivers understand the consequences of their actions.
When a driver chooses to drive any amount over the posted speed limit, they are endangering not only their own safety but that of other road users. Controlling vehicle speed can prevent collisions from happening and can reduce the impact when they do happen by giving people more time to stop.
The Region is working with local municipalities, community groups, agencies and partner organizations and other local partners like Peel Regional Police to implement Vision Zero principles into its road safety initiatives and help change people's perceptions of speeding and remind them that slowing down can reduce injuries and collisions on Peel roadways and save lives.
A number of Regional road design measures have been implemented in addition to speed limit reviews such as, expansion of the red light camera program, Automated Speed Enforcement, electronic radar speed signs, radar speed trailers and traffic calming signs in the centre of the two-lane roadways to narrow the roadway.
Driver safety tips
- Give yourself extra time so you don’t have to rush to your destination.
- Eliminate distractions so you can pay attention to your speed.
- Watch for other road users like pedestrian or cyclists when driving through intersections.
- Be extra careful when driving through areas where people are working on or near the road.
- Lower your speed to reflect road conditions in bad weather, heavy traffic and construction zones.
- Slow down on residential streets and school zones. Be mindful of pedestrians and children using roadways to maintain physical distance.
- Follow all speed limits posted on roadways.
Plans and reports
- 2019 Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Update - Year Two
- 2019 Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Update, Year One, January 23, 2020 (PDF)
- Region of Peel Vision Zero Annual Road Safety Report, 2018 (PDF)
- Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan, 2018-2022 (PDF)
- Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Summary Report, 2018-2022 (PDF)
- Region of Peel Transportation Safety Strategic and Operation Plan Update, Council Report, September 13, 2018 (PDF)
- Region of Peel Transportation Safety Strategic and Operation Plan Update, Council Report, December 14, 2017 (PDF)
- Bike Brampton – Cycling Safety Webpage
- Brampton School Traffic Safety Council
- Caledon School Traffic Safety Committee
- City of Brampton – Pedestrian and Driver Safety
- City of Mississauga – Road Safety
- Mississauga Road Safety Committee
- Peel Regional Police – Road Safety
- Region of Peel – Pedestrian Safety
- Walk and Roll Peel
- Peel Regional Police
- Ontario Provincial Police
- City of Brampton
- Town of Caledon
- City of Mississauga
- Ministry of Transportation
- Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee
- Canadian Automobile Association
- Brampton Transit
- Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Bike Brampton