Toronto Star: Vision Zero: Could we end deaths on the street?

On November 30, 2015 the Toronto Star published an article featuring Leah Shahum, Vision Zero Network and Charles Marohn, Strong Towns, two of TCAT’s 8th annual Complete Streets Forum keynote speakers.

“People have a right to safe mobility, and for too long that hasn’t been the case,” said Leah Shahum, the founder and director or the Zero Vision Network, which is based in San Francisco.

Shahum visited Toronto earlier this year during the Complete Streets Forum, with the hope of encouraging city leaders to commit to lowering the number of unnecessary fatalities.

It [the Vision Zero approach] has resulted in an almost 50 per cent drop in Swedish pedestrian fatalities over the past five years and has been adopted by many cities in the United States, but so far none in Canada.

“Even if we cut (fatalities) by 80 per cent in 10 years, that’s huge,” Shahum said. “But we’d always be resetting that goal of zero. That’s the only ethical goal we can set.”

Read the full article here.

Posted On: December 2, 2015