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Residents to have say on Vision Zero safer roads plan

Cities such as New York City, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, Edmonton and Surrey, BC have adopted their own Vision Zero strategies
The fundamental principles of Vision Zero include traffic deaths and severe injuries being acknowledged as preventable.

The city is beginning to gather public feedback on a new Vision Zero strategy for Delta.

Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a road system with no fatalities or serious injuries.

The project originated in Sweden and is gaining momentum across North America, with various cities including Surrey having their own Vision Zero plans.

One of the key differences between Vision Zero and traditional approaches to road safety is that traffic collisions are considered preventable, viewing safety as a shared responsibility between system designers, policy makers and road users.

The guiding principles for Delta’s plan is to include reducing fatalities and serious collisions, improving connections to schools and community services and addressing the needs of older adults and vulnerable road users.

“Given that road safety is a shared responsibility, Delta would like to develop a holistic and strategic road safety plan including all the different stakeholders and community partners. As such, Delta wants to undertake community outreach and engagement. The goal of the outreach is to inform, educate and obtain community buy-in to this important initiative. Public and stakeholder engagement will also help shape the policy direction and actions within the plan,” the city explains.

The city retained a consultant to help undertake the public engagement process, while two years ago another consultant was retained to complete a road safety analysis.

The recently hired consultant is to also come up with a strategic document, which is to outline key performance indicators and set interim targets, as well as determine priorities for road safety interventions to guide investments.

Delta has also been working with the City of Surrey on a Scott Road corridor safety plan, completing a study which analyzed collision trends, contributing factors and recommended countermeasures.

The city is holding a pair of public information meetings on the Vision Zero initiative, where staff will discuss road safety concerns and gain feedback from residents.

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

Tsawwassen and Ladner residents -

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Location: City Hall - Foyer

Address: 4500 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner

North Delta residents:

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Location: North Delta Centre for the Arts - 2nd floor foyer

Address: 11425 84th Ave., North Delta