In the three years since the launch of Vision Zero, the City of Edmonton has made progress towards eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Since 2015 serious injuries from motor vehicle collisions dropped 17 per cent and traffic fatalities declined 41 per cent. Collisions involving vulnerable road users showed these results: a 21% decline in collisions involving pedestrians and a 21% decrease in pedestrian injuries; a 27% decline in bicycle collisions and a 29% decrease in cyclist injuries; and, a 31% decline in motorcycle collisions and a 26% decrease in motorcyclist injuries.
“We have made measurable progress, and we can reach our Vision Zero goals,” says Gerry Shimko, Executive Director, Traffic Safety Section, City of Edmonton and Co-Chair, 22nd International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference.
The commitment to the long term Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries is one that is shared and imbedded in everything the City does. From roadway engineering and crosswalk design to traffic enforcement and education, every department at the City of Edmonton is commitment to reaching the Vision Zero goal.
“2018 saw encouraging progress on all fronts. We are even more driven to achieve our Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2032. With the help of the City, the public and our many community stakeholders, we can look forward to a time where every journey is a safe one.” Linda Cochrane, City Manager, Edmonton, Alberta.
You can see the results for yourself in our recently published 2018 Vision Zero Annual Report.
For even more information and discussion on Vision Zero consider attending the 22nd International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference. Experts from around the globe will be gathering in Edmonton to showcase their latest prevention initiatives, technology and leading or best practices in alcohol, drugs and traffic safety.