Vision Zero - About
About the Project
Help develop the Vision Zero road safety plan for Kingston. Share your road safety ideas at an upcoming open house and online survey.
Collisions on roads in Kingston result in more than 300 personal injuries and an average of two fatalities every year. To greatly improve safety on our roads, the City is developing a strategic road safety plan based on the "vision zero" model. Through the five E's of road safety (engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation and engagement), Kingston's Road Safety Plan will identify factors contributing to collisions and recommend safety measures, guidelines, policies, procedures, programs and the use of technology, to work towards the elimination of all fatal and serious injury collisions and all collisions of any severity with vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
What is a "Vision Zero" Road Safety Plan?
Vision Zero = No loss of life is acceptable. The Vision Zero approach to road safety began in Sweden in 1997 with the goal to eliminate all fatalities and serious injuries based on the premise that no loss of life on roads is acceptable.
Kingston's Road Safety Plan will identify the most critical road safety issues in the City and establish targets, policies and actions towards the creation of safer roads. The plan will provide prioritized action items over a 20-year period to work toward the elimination of all fatal and serious-injury collisions and all collisions of any severity with vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The development of the "Vision Zero" Road Safety Plan will include public outreach to educate and engage the community and to gather input about road safety issues and concerns.
As part of the development of the plan, the City will bring together a variety of stakeholders and safety partners in the Kingston area to work towards the common goal of creating safer roads for all users.
The key components of the road safety plan will include:
- Identifying the types of collisions that are happening in Kingston along with where they are happening and why;
- Based on the collision review, establishing at least six key emphasis areas that will form the framework of the Road Safety Plan. Examples of emphasis areas could include: pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, motorcyclists, school zones, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving and intersections;
- Recommend effective safety measures, including new guidelines, policies, procedures, programs and the use of technology;
- Provide short, medium and long-term prioritized plans with specific action items to improve road safety over a 20-year period;
- Develop annual targets that reflect a progressive reduction towards zero fatal and zero serious injury collisions as well as zero collisions of any severity with vulnerable road users;
- Work with safety stakeholders and partners to improve efficiencies and develop and prioritize safety initiatives and programs;
- Incorporate safety assessments into existing plans and programs;
- Establish new or reallocated resources to meet the goals of the plan.
The main outcomes of the plan will include the following:
- Establishment of a Road Safety Advisory Group (RSAG) - a stakeholder group of local safety partners with a clear mandate to work towards the common goal of creating safer roads for all users;
- Identification of emphasis areas through the collision data review and consultation with the RSAG;
- Development of a road safety plan with goals, targets and detailed actions to work towards zero fatalities and zero personal injuries on roads in Kingston;
- Creation of a plan to monitor and evaluate the road safety plan;
- Development of a framework for an annual road safety report.