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Vision Zero Comes To Toronto
By Taylor Moyle
No loss of life is acceptable. This is the mantra behind Vision Zero, an international movement started in Sweden in 1994 to eliminate traffic fatalities.
The City of Toronto’s own Vision Zero road safety plan was announced Tuesday, January 10, 2017, by Mayor John Tory and Public Works Chair, Councillor Jaye Robinson. Toronto’s road safety plan also aims for zero road deaths, which is in stark contrast to the 43 pedestrian and cyclists who were killed last year, the 65 people killed in our streets in 2015 and the 1,165 pedestrians injured in collisions.
Councillor Robinson (Ward 25) says, “No loss of life is acceptable in our city and we want to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries to zero as soon as we can – today, tomorrow, next month. We can't get to zero soon enough.”
The plan is expected to roll out over the next five years. In 2017, the City is planning on initiating nine actions across Toronto. These include plans for seniors, school children, pedestrians and cyclists. Between 2005 and 2016, there were 539 cyclists killed or seriously injured in a collision with a motor vehicle according to the City’s Vision Zero portal.