Vision Zero

Windsor City Council has endorsed the Vision Zero goal of zero road crash fatalities and serious injuries on Windsor streets. An action plan to achieve this goal is currently being developed.

What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a philosophy that encourages changes in the way roads work to ensure all fatalities and life-altering injuries caused by auto collisions are eliminated. Its main goal is to make the road network safer, healthier, and equitable for all users, no matter their mode of choice, level of mobility, and other factors.

Vision Zero involves a major paradigm shift from the traditional approach to road engineering and design. The table below, based on the Vision Zero Network’s guidelines, compares the traditional approach to the Vision Zero approach.

Traditional Approach

Vision Zero

Traffic deaths are inevitable.

Traffic deaths are preventable.

Human behavior needs to be perfected.

Humans make mistakes.

We must prevent collisions.

We must prevent fatal and severe injuries.

Road safety is an individual responsibility.

Road safety requires a systems approach.

Saving lives is expensive.

Saving lives is not expensive.

What is Vision Zero?

Windsor City Council recently approved the Vision Zero Policy, which endorses the goal of zero fatal and serious injury collisions.

To achieve this goal, a Vision Zero Action Plan is currently being developed in collaboration with a Vision Zero Task Force, which is made up of staff across City departments and emergency services, and a Vision Zero Stakeholder Group consisting of community stakeholders and members of the public. Using a data-driven, equity-focused approach, the Vision Zero Action Plan will identify strategic priorities, recommended initiatives, and interim goals. Further information regarding the Vision Zero Stakeholder Group is available on the Vision Zero Stakeholder Group web page.

Progress reports will be presented to the Environment, Transportation and Public Safety Standing Committee as the Vision Zero Action Plan is developed. The final Plan will be subject to Council approval.

Once the Vision Zero Action Plan is approved, annual reports will be created to document our progress towards Vision Zero.

Reports and Documents

Policy:

Background reports:

Vision Zero Action Plan:

  • Progress Report #1 - Strategic Priorities (Coming Summer 2021)
  • Progress Report #2 - Recommended Initiatives (Coming Summer/Fall 2021)Plan:
  • Report - Draft Vision Zero Action Plan (Coming Winter 2022)
  • Approved Vision Zero Action Plan (Coming Winter 2022, pending Council approval)

Resources

If you would like to learn more about Vision Zero, there are many resources available:

Parachute Canada: Vision Zero

Vision Zero Network: Vision, Strategies, Action: Guidelines for an Effective Vision Zero Action Plan

Vision Zero Network: Core Elements for Vision Zero Communities

Canada's Road Safety Strategy

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