Vulnerable road users and their safety are paramount to any successful Vision Zero strategy. David Stark connects us back to the personal importance of Vision Zero through his devastating experience of the loss of his wife, Erika. David shares the steps that need to be taken to ensure more lives are not lost on our roads.
Nancy Pullen-Seufert describes the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s strategy for helping communities build buy-in and political will, grounded in evidence and advice gleaned from communities that have strategies specifically focused on protecting young walkers and bicyclists. Nancy will also highlight actions that communities can take to use the Vision Zero for Youth framework for their own benefit, particularly when tackling tough issues like speed.
As a framework, Vision Zero has been presented as a focus on the unintentional injuries and fatalities on our road systems, relying on prevention models that only account for the unintentional. Alex Kelly, Director of the Vision Zero Advocate Institute, discusses the opportunity for Vision Zero to represent a new future, in which both the intentional, such as terrorism, and unintentional are accounted for, and controlled by, the system.
In her role at Toronto Public Health, Kate has led a broad range of projects to support the development of public policies to protect the health of Toronto residents. A key area of investigation and advocacy includes road safety. Her presentation outlines the findings of her current report aimed at describing health impacts of collisions involving pedestrian and cyclists and identifying the risk factors that contribute to these collisions.
Vision Zero relies on a strong political commitment, as well as an engaged, diverse group of stakeholders. It is also the focused effort of grassroots groups, and non-profits that support the growth and success of Vision Zero. Leah Shahum, US Vision Zero Network’s Founder and Executive Director speaks on how the top down and bottom up efforts have resulted in Vision Zero’s success in over 30 US cities.
The Internet of Things, defined as connecting networks of devices to the Internet, represents a new global landscape unlike anything experienced before. Bell Mobility’s Gary Semplonius uncovers how harnessing the Internet of Things will change how we connect, move and save lives. With respect to Vision Zero, the Internet of Things represents an opportunity for municipalities to reduce costs, improve services and address critical issues on our roadways.
Corporate Scientist, Dr. Ken Smith, and 3M are working with multiple stakeholders to develop innovative solutions for road way infrastructure. Ken’s presentation highlights the infrastructure solutions that are designed to interact with vehicle sensor and sensor fusion systems, providing a back-up solution should one system fail with the goal of providing high value safety solutions which work effectively for all forms of technology and all road users.
Jesse Coleman, with the City of Toronto, dives into the King Street Pilot Project from both a traditional and modern approach. His presentation describes the technology used for the project, why the use of data is important, and how embracing technology creates the opportunity to move tradition thinking into a modern mindset.
Presenting on the effectiveness of built environment interventions around schools, Dr. Alison Macpherson summarizes findings from former studies as well as outlines the methods and design for two current projects. Her research is related to keeping kids active, healthy, and safe, and focuses on the prevention of childhood injuries.
Pedram Izadpanah explains the development of a successful Vision Zero road safety plan and shares lessons learned from jurisdictions which have developed their strategy and implementation plans. Pedram discusses challenges faced by jurisdictions in multiple areas, while outlining how other jurisdictions planning to embark on a similar initiative can learn from their obstacles.