Peel Vision Zero Road Safety
No loss of life is acceptable due to a motor vehicle collision
About Vision Zero
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 Vision: Zero fatal and injury collisions for all road users.
Short-Term Goal: a 10% reduction in fatal and injury collisions by 2022.
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.
Plans and reports
- 2020 Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Update - Year Three
- 2019 Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Update - Year Two
- 2018 Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Update - Year One
- 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