Vision Zero

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When councillors and staff talk to Kitchener residents, one of the most common issues raised are concerns about speeding and road safety. We want to make roads, sidewalks and trails in Kitchener safer for all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.

Vision Zero is a new way of thinking about creating safer roads. Our goal is to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. This concept started in Sweden in 1997 and has become popular around the world.

Here’s how Vision Zero strategies approach road safety:

  • focus on reducing fatal and serious injury collisions
  • collisions are preventable and no preventable loss of life is acceptable
  • human mistakes and errors should be expected and anticipated
  • our transportation network should be designed to account for human mistakes and errors
  • road safety is a shared responsibility among the people who design, maintain, enforce rules on and use roads and intersections
  • proactively address issues before collisions
Please help us to ensure that the Kitchener transportation network is safe and accommodates all ages, abilities and modes of transportation. The survey at the bottom of this page is the start of a conversation with Kitchener residents as we develop our Vision Zero strategy – we’re starting with simple questions about how often they use certain modes of transportation, and how safe they feel using each.

We’ll be using that feedback as well as our traffic and speed data to identify “hot spots” where a serious collision is more likely to occur. We want to understand the factors that create dangerous situations and eliminate them from our roadways.

Our Vision Zero strategy will have guidance on building and designing roads, supporting law enforcement, how to educate the public and solutions to the specific concerns in our neighbourhoods.

When councillors and staff talk to Kitchener residents, one of the most common issues raised are concerns about speeding and road safety. We want to make roads, sidewalks and trails in Kitchener safer for all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.

Vision Zero is a new way of thinking about creating safer roads. Our goal is to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. This concept started in Sweden in 1997 and has become popular around the world.

Here’s how Vision Zero strategies approach road safety:

  • focus on reducing fatal and serious injury collisions
  • collisions are preventable and no preventable loss of life is acceptable
  • human mistakes and errors should be expected and anticipated
  • our transportation network should be designed to account for human mistakes and errors
  • road safety is a shared responsibility among the people who design, maintain, enforce rules on and use roads and intersections
  • proactively address issues before collisions
Please help us to ensure that the Kitchener transportation network is safe and accommodates all ages, abilities and modes of transportation. The survey at the bottom of this page is the start of a conversation with Kitchener residents as we develop our Vision Zero strategy – we’re starting with simple questions about how often they use certain modes of transportation, and how safe they feel using each.

We’ll be using that feedback as well as our traffic and speed data to identify “hot spots” where a serious collision is more likely to occur. We want to understand the factors that create dangerous situations and eliminate them from our roadways.

Our Vision Zero strategy will have guidance on building and designing roads, supporting law enforcement, how to educate the public and solutions to the specific concerns in our neighbourhoods.