What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is a campaign that began in Sweden and has since grown to become a global movement toward eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, while also increasing safe and healthy mobility for everyone. In North America, cities from Boston to Vancouver and Los Angeles to Orlando have initiatives in place.
The forms that Vision Zero can take varies from city to city, but the basic factors that contribute to safe mobility are similar. They may include:
- Roadway design
- Speed limits and compliance
See Vision Zero in action
The concept of Vision Zero has been replicated in cities across North America. Here are some major cities, like Boston, Seattle, Fremont, Minneapolis, and others, with initiatives in place. Hover over the map to see how some cities are approaching their Vision Zero initiatives.
Some cities also hold Vision Zero conferences and other events to share ideas and raise awareness.
How does traffic calming fit into Vision Zero?
Traffic calming is one of many factors that can be part of a Vision Zero goal. It takes the approach of treating streets as a conduit for cars to travel quickly on—and flips it on its head. Instead, it makes humans more of a priority, balancing traffic on the streets with other forms of transportation. According to the Project for Public Spaces, traffic calming is “founded on the idea that streets should help create and preserve a sense of place, that their purpose is for people to walk, stroll, look, gaze, meet, play, shop and even work alongside cars—but not [be] dominated by them.”
How traffic can be calmed—and how we can help
Traffic calming is a multi-step process: traffic engineers must determine if it is required and come up with a plan. Public input and temporary installations with traffic cones and barrels may be part of the process before a permanent installation is completed.
Here are some of the ways to calm traffic in your city. Learn how Carmanah Traffic products can help enhance these solutions.
Sidewalk extensions (bulbs / chokers / neckdowns):
Roundabouts and traffic circles:
Narrower streets encourage drivers to slow down. Lanes can be replaced with bus lanes, bike lanes, wider sidewalks, or vertical elements like trees.
How we can help: Encourage drivers to self-correct by also installing radar speed signs, especially on streets that have been narrowed, as a reminder to check their speedometer.
In the complex puzzle of improving traffic, we can provide the beacons and signs you need to enhance safety, encourage walkability, and command the attention of drivers to encourage self-correction.
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