Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, announced today that the City of Toronto has joined a worldwide effort to build healthier cities by pursuing a specific policy to reduce noncommunicable diseases and injuries by 2018. As a participant in the Partnership for Healthy Cities, Toronto is committing to take proven steps to reduce risk factors for residents and visitors on Toronto’s roads with a focus on the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan.
The City’s recently adopted Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries with an emphasis on pedestrians, school children, older adults, cyclists, aggressive and distracted driving and motorcyclists. These measures are part of the City’s $54 million in funding for the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and overall traffic safety measures this year.
“Every year, pedestrians, cyclists and those who travel in vehicles are killed or injured on our roads and this is unacceptable,” said Mayor Tory. “We are pleased to join in this global effort to help our citizens live healthier, longer lives by promoting change in the area of road safety by implementing actions through our Vision Zero program.”
“Safety on our roads is a top priority for the City of Toronto,” said Councillor Robinson. “We look forward to learning more about the opportunities available to help us get to our goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our streets.”
In his role as World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is engaging city leaders to beat noncommunicable diseases and injuries with smart, proven policies that will advance health and strengthen economies. Noncommunicable diseases including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and injuries caused by road-traffic crashes are the often-ignored killers of 44 million people globally each year.
“Injuries and noncommunicable diseases are responsible for eight in 10 deaths globally, but small changes at community levels can save many of those lives,” Bloomberg said. “The Partnership for Healthy Cities brings immediate support to cities whose mayors are committed to healthier lives for their citizens and to leading the charge globally to reduce NCDs and injuries. The actions of these mayors will prevent millions of needless deaths and protect the health of generations to come.”
Over the next 18 months, Toronto will work with Bloomberg Philanthropies and implementing partners. To support their efforts, participating cities will receive technical assistance as needed. As part of this partnership, Toronto has access to a global network of mayors and the WHO Healthy Cities networks, which will improve collaboration and the sharing of good practices and lessons learned.
More information about Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Partnership for Healthy Cities is available at www.partnershipforhealthycities.bloomberg.org.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and its strategic partners are launching a prestigious global network of municipal governments around the world to accelerate the implementation of proven, high-impact policy interventions targeting noncommunicable diseases and injuries. The partnership leverages the unique positioning of mayors to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, including improving health and creating safer, more sustainable cities.
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