Surrey: At the first BC Vision Zero Summit today, the City of Surrey launched the Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan. Through data analytics and best practices, the Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan sets the City on a path to zero fatalities and serious injuries. Working in close collaboration with the City’s partners, Surrey will take equitable, data-driven and evidence-based actions to ensure that city resources are spent where they will have the greatest impact on creating safer streets.

“Each time there is a crash that results in death or serious injury, it’s a tragedy,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We call these traffic accidents but, in reality there are reasons behind every collision, and we need to address the conditions and behaviors that lead to these heartbreaking losses.”

The Plan sets an achievable and measurable goal to demonstrate progress over the next five year — to reverse the trend of rising injuries and deaths on Surrey’s roads and achieve a minimum 15% reduction in the rate of killed and seriously injured.

Vision Zero is a multi-national road safety philosophy that rejects the notion that traffic crashes are inevitable, but instead believes they are preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed. Its Safe Systems approach emphasizes smarter street designs – forgiving streets that account for human error. Together with targeted education and focused enforcement to promote a culture of safety, its efforts will save lives.

“We have to think big and work hard to prioritize the safety of our most vulnerable road users, address risks at our high collision intersections and combat aggressive driving behaviours,” said Jaime Boan, Manager of Transportation, City of Surrey. “Safety must be the top priority on our streets.”

Each year, 20 people on average lose their lives as a result of traffic collisions on Surrey streets. Another 12,000 people are injured. Far more than statistics, these numbers represent lives that are upended taking a devastating toll on the people involved, their families and our communities.

A detailed implementation plan is being developed as a matter of priority. To make Surrey streets safer for all, the Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan highlights the following actions:

  • Leverage advanced data and analytics to help us better understand, anticipate and take action to avoid common collision scenarios
  • Target the city’s top 50 high collision intersections with road safety infrastructure improvements
  • Invest in rapid expansion of safe pedestrian crossings
  • Implement separated cycle tracks to protect a growing cyclist community
  • Accelerate innovative approaches in the operation and management of traffic signals
  • Take measures to slow speeds
  • Implement smart mobility initiatives, including connected technologies
  • Pilot emerging technologies, like autonomous vehicles, to reduce some of the leading contributors to collisions