Vision Zero Updates & News
News Releases & Media Advisories
- 30-Oct-2018 – Vision Zero ‘Art of Distraction’ education campaign cautions road users to pay attention on our streets before someone else pays the price
- 29-Oct-2018 – City of Toronto and Friends and Families for Safe Streets to launch new Vision Zero road safety awareness campaign
- 4-Sep-2018 – Mayor Tory unveils Toronto’s first automated speed enforcement pilot project location
- 3-Sep-2018 – City of Toronto Vision Zero programming enhances safety for students heading back to class
- 30-Aug-2018 – Work underway to support back-to-school safety as part of Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- 2-Aug-2018 – City of Toronto launches two speed reduction initiatives as part of Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- 31-Jul-2018 – City of Toronto installing 53 new Senior Safety Zones
- 20-Jul-2018 – Mayor Tory announces accelerated roll out of advance pedestrian signals at 80 intersections across the city
- 15-Jun-2018 – City of Toronto staff to provide update on Vision Zero
- 29-May-2018 – City of Toronto to launch Vision Zero Challenge
- 15-May-2018 – City of Toronto invites citizens to participate in Vision Zero Challenge
- 19-Mar-2018 – Mayor Tory announces next steps in Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for school zones
- 23-Oct-2017 – City of Toronto reminds all road users to take extra care on roads in residential neighbourhoods
- 5-Sep-2017 – City of Toronto introduces new School Safety Zones as part of Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- 1-Sep-2017 – City of Toronto to unveil new school safety zones on first day of school
- 2-Jun-2017 – City of Toronto announces improvements for portion of the Martin Goodman Trail
- 16-May-2017 – City of Toronto joins Partnership for Healthy Cities, focusing on Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- 10-Jan-2017 – City of Toronto rolls out Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017 – seniors safety zones, red light cameras, road safety audits
- Backgrounder: Vision Zero Highlights, October 29, 2018
- Backgrounder: Vision Zero and Cycling Infrastructure, June 14, 2018
- Backgrounder: Vision Zero Road Safety Plan measures, March 19, 2018
- Backgrounder: Vision Zero Road Safety Plan measures for 2017, January 10, 2017
City Council Reports
- This item will be considered by Infrastructure and Environment Committee on June 27, 2019. It will be considered by City Council on July 16, 2019, subject to the actions of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
- 17-Jul-18, EX36.1 – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan – Accelerations and Contract Amendments
- 12-Jun-18, PW30.5 – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan: Designation of Community Safety Zones around Elementary Schools
- 08-May-18, PW29.6 – Next Steps on Traffic Safety Measures
- 29-Nov-17, PW25.10 – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan (2017-2021) Update
- 20-Jun-16, PW14.1 – Road Safety Plan 2017-2021
- 25-May-15, PW5.9 – A Road Safety Plan for Toronto
Municipal Truck Size and Safety Guards Study
In June 2018 Council directed Transportation Services to undertake a study on the availability and suitability of smaller municipal trucks as well as the use of truck guards.
Faculty at the University of Windsor completed this study earlier this year for Transportation Services. The findings of this study are summarized below:
Commercial and municipal trucks have a large role to play in the safety of vulnerable road users. Results of the analysis of collisions between 2007 and 2017 revealed that trucks are disproportionately involved in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities than non-truck vehicles. Based on this data, the study found that 38% of collisions between pedestrians and trucks resulted in the death of the pedestrian, as compared to 16% of collisions with non-trucks. Similarly, 13% of collisions between cyclists and trucks resulted in the death of the cyclist, as compared to 5% of collisions with non-trucks.
Truck size is one factor that can reduce the impacts of collisions with vulnerable road users. Collisions involving smaller vehicles are less likely to lead to fatalities and serious injuries than those involving trucks. The visibility in smaller vehicles is generally better than larger trucks. Specific design features, such as seat location, the design of windows and mirrors, and the use of cameras and sensors can all help to improve driver visibility and reduce driver “blind spots”.
Safety guards are another feature that has been implemented in many municipalities to protect vulnerable road users. Rear underride guards are mandatory in Canada since these are intended to prevent vehicles from driving under the truck in a collision. These specific guards are not designed to help vulnerable road users. Likewise, front bumpers are designed to protect the vehicle and not vulnerable road users. Side impact guards have become more popular in recent years, as many cities adopt them to support greater safety for vulnerable road users. Studies have shown that these side impact guards can be effective in reducing cyclist fatalities and serious injuries in side swipe collisions where the cyclist and truck are headed in the same direction. They have also been shown to reduce pedestrian fatalities in the same types of collisions.