In the U.S. alone, 40,000 people are killed in traffic crashes each year. In the past, the school of thought said traffic-related deaths are inevitable, and perfecting human behavior is the way to prevent collisions.
Vision Zero a global movement toward eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, while also increasing safe and healthy mobility for everyone. This movement, which began in Sweden, believes traffic deaths are preventable. It recognizes that humans make mistakes, so we must start with system and policy design to improve the roadway environment and lessen the severity of crashes. In North America, cities from Boston to Vancouver and Los Angeles to Orlando have initiatives in place.
“Tens of thousands of men and women are killed or injured in traffic collisions that could, and should, be prevented each year. We know we can do more to prevent this suffering, and we believe that all of us—whether driving, walking, bicycling, using a wheelchair, or riding transit—have a right to safe mobility.” – Vision Zero Network
The forms that Vision Zero can take vary from city to city, but the basic factors that contribute to safe mobility are similar. They may include everything from roadway design and speed limit changes to enforcement and behavior changes. Since it is a top-down approach, it also includes policy and technology changes.
We proudly support Vision Zero with our traffic safety solutions. Our Traffic division offers several solutions for cities, including the following: