In Toronto, a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed every 3 days on our roads. Between 2005 and 2016, there were over 2,100 pedestrians killed or injured in traffic collisions.
These are our friends, colleagues, and family members.
The thing is, traffic collisions aren’t accidents, they are preventable events that can be eliminated through smarter street design, targeted enforcement and thoughtful public engagement. This has been shown to be true in Toronto as well as in other cities around the world such as New York, Seattle and Stockholm.
Toronto’s first Vision Zero Road Safety Plan acknowledges that deaths and serious injuries on our roads are preventable and outlines clear priorities to ensure that people can travel safely around the city as pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers. The plan outlines four action areas: infrastructure investments, traffic-safety education and awareness, enforcement activities and leveraging technology
The challenge is how best to implement Vision Zero.
This initiative calls on civic innovators, transit users, data scientists, designers, urban and transportation aficionados, citizens, academics and advocates to answer the question:
How might we use data, design and technology to make all Toronto road users, especially seniors, newcomers and school children, safer immediately, and enable predictive and high priority interventions in the future?
The Challenge is an 8-week competition where participants will work in teams or independently to develop innovative and data driven solutions to make Toronto’s streets safer for everyone today and into the future.
The teams with the most promising solutions will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to receive coaching and training at Civic Hall Toronto to further develop their idea side by side with City of Toronto staff.
Ready to make Toronto’s streets safer?
May 15, 2018: Public Launch
The Vision Zero Challenge was publicly launched.
May 31, 2018: Challenge Kick-Off
A Vision Zero Challenge kick-off event was held. individuals heard from Vision Zero experts, learned about the available resources and began to form teams. This event was designed to help the teams hit the ground running so they could start building solutions.
June 28, 2018: MidPoint
The challenge offered mentoring and meet-up schedules to the teams.
July 26, 2018: Challenge Closes
The Vision Zero Challenge closed on 11:59 pm Thursday, July 26th. Teams submitted their solutions through an online portal for judges to review.
August 2018: Top 5 Teams Announced
After Phase I of the judging process was complete, the Top 5 Teams were announced and invited to participate in a Pitch Competition.
September 2018: Pitch Competition
The Top 5 Teams will pitch their solutions to a panel of high profile judges for the chance to win prize money and programming supports from Civic Hall Toronto.
September 25, 2018: Pitch Winner Announced
Learn more about the competition, resources and frequently asked questions here.