Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan
No injury or loss of life on Peel roads is acceptable.
Imagine a community where everyone could travel safely on our roads. The Region of Peel has developed a plan to help us get there. Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan (PDF) aims to stop people from getting hurt or dying in motor vehicle collisions.
In partnership with various stakeholders, the Region has reviewed traffic collision information, pinpointed the key problem areas and has set actions to make improvements in each of these areas.
As part of Peel's Road Safety Strategic Plan (RSSP), the Region has adopted a "Vision Zero" framework which originated in Sweden in 1997, and conveys the key message that no loss of life is acceptable.
Since that time, the framework has been adopted by numerous jurisdictions worldwide. The Region adopted the Vision Zero framework in December 2017 (PDF).
The plan sets out the vision, goals, and action plan to create safer roads, by reducing, and ultimately eliminating, motor vehicle collisions causing injury and death.
Vision Zero is based on a system of shared responsibilities among all of those involved in the road system, including politicians, planners, police, public health, community organizations, vehicle manufacturing companies and all road users.
Zero fatal and injury collisions for all road users.
10% reduction in fatal and injury collisions by 2022.
Enhancing road safety through the 4 E's
A countermeasure is an action the Region is taking to reduce the number and severity of collisions in Peel.
Each countermeasure requires a different approach, but together they'll solve road safety issues. We call these different approaches "The 4 E's."
Engineering countermeasures reduce collisions by making physical changes to the roadway.
Education reduces collisions by changing people's behaviours. Education campaigns make road users more aware of their surroundings and less likely to take risks.
Enforcement reduces collisions by making people follow the rules of the road and realizing the consequences of their actions.
Empathy helps reduce collisions by helping one road user understand the viewpoint of another. (For example, drivers understanding how hard it is for seniors to cross at intersections with lots of left-turning traffic.)
Reducing collisions in Emphasis Areas
We analyzed collision data and identified 6 different types of collisions for improvement. We call these different types of areas as "Emphasis Areas".
These are just some of the ways we're reducing the number of fatal and injury collisions in Peel. Discover all the countermeasures we're implementing in our Vision Zero Summary Report (PDF).
More than 75% of all fatal/injury collisions happen at intersections. We'll reduce fatal/injury collisions at intersections by:
- Implementing fully protected left turn arrows. A fully protected left turn phase provides a designated left turn phase where vehicles can only make a left turn on a green arrow and eliminates the frequency of angle and turning movement collisions.
- Enhancing Intersection traffic control. Intersection traffic control includes measures such as changes from a two-way stop to an all-way stop, or from stop control to traffic signal control.
- Installing advanced warning beacons. Beacons warn drivers that they're getting close to an intersection and should slow down.
- Upgrading pedestrian crosswalks. Pedestrian crosswalks involve upgrading the traditional 2-line crosswalks with ladder design crosswalks.
- Creating more roundabouts. We'll make intersections safer by converting existing intersections into roundabouts or installing new roundabouts.
Aggressive driving fatal/injury collisions happen when drivers follow too close, disobey traffic control, don't give right of way or speed.
We'll reduce fatal/injury collisions caused by aggressive driving by:
- Traffic calming. Speed cushions, better signage, electronic radar speed signs and slow markings all aim to remind motorists to reduce their speed.
- Installing red light cameras. Red light cameras discourage red light running.
- Creating more Community Safety Zones. A Community Safety Zone is a section of the roadway where public safety is of special concern. Fines are higher in these safety zones to protect pedestrians.
- Implementing automated speed enforcement. Automatic speed enforcement involves an electronic device. The device photographs the license plate of a speeding vehicle and sends the registered owner a citation. Automated speed enforcement will be implemented only in school zones and community safety zones.
- Continued police enforcement. Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police continue to enforce programs aimed at reducing aggressive driving behaviour including Long Weekend Initiatives, where there is increased enforcement and visibility of police. Peel Regional Police also continue to promote the Road Watch and Eliminate Racing Activities on Streets Everywhere (ERASE) programs through website, social media, promotional literature, and road signage.
Distracted fatal/injury collisions happen when drivers don't pay attention while driving.
In Peel, fatal/injury collisions caused by distracted driving increased by 37% from 2010 to 2014.
We'll reduce fatal/injury collisions caused by distracted driving by:
- Adding more safety edges. Safety edges are angled slope at the edge of rural roads that save lives by letting drivers who drift off highways return to the road safely.
- Establishing a Distracted Driving Campaign. Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police Caledon Detachment will stay committed to an education and enforcement campaign targeted at distracted driving.
- Introducing 'Heads Up!' Heads Up! is an educational program aimed at reminding drivers to keep their “heads up” and remain attentive.
Impaired driving fatal/injury collisions are caused by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
We'll reduce collisions caused by impaired driving by:
- Supporting R.I.D.E. "Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere" is a sobriety testing program used by police in Ontario.
- Supporting the Last Drink Program: The Last Drink Program is another public safety initiative designed to reduce impaired driving on Ontario highways. If a driver charged with impaired driving names a licensed establishment as the last place they drank alcohol, it's reported to help enforce regulations with all those involved.
- Supporting M.A.D.D. 911. M.A.D.D. 911 is a Canada-wide campaign that encourages Canadians to report suspected impaired driving by calling 911.
- Supporting DriveSafe: The 2018 DriveSafe campaign warns the public that new cannabis laws require motorists to take extra care on the roads.
Pedestrian collisions involve a motor vehicle and people walking along the road.
We'll reduce fatal/injury collisions involving pedestrians by:
- Replacing 2- line crosswalks with ladder-design crosswalks. Ladder-design crosswalks are easier for pedestrians and drivers to see.
- Adding Leading Pedestrian Intervals. A Leading Pedestrian Interval is a signal phase that lets pedestrians start walking before vehicles start moving. Letting pedestrians enter intersections 3-7 seconds sooner than vehicles reduces the chance of pedestrians being hit by turning vehicles.
- Providing pedestrian education. We'll provide education and outreach on pedestrian safety topics for all road users through safety campaigns and instruction on how to use and behave around pedestrian facilities.
- Establishing School Travel Planning (STP) / Peel Safe and Active Routes to School (PSARTS). School Travel Planning (STP) is a proven, cost effective method to make the streets around schools safer and get more children walking and cycling to school. Peel Safe and Active Routes to School (PSARTS) is a committee that supports education and outreach strategies, policies, and programs that encourage students, families and school staff to choose active, healthy, sustainable and safe options when travelling to and from school.
Cyclist collisions involve a motor vehicle and a person riding a bicycle.
We'll reduce fatal/injury collisions involving cyclists by:
- Adding bicycle signals and crossrides. A crossride is a space with unique pavement markings for cyclists. Crossrides let cyclists legally ride their bicycles across a roadway instead of having to get off their bikes.
- Providing cyclist education. Cyclist education includes educational campaigns and outreach events aimed at informing cyclists of road safety and cycling resources, such as Walk and Roll Peel and the Bike Basics education program.
- Providing cycling infrastructure. Cycling infrastructure includes the implementation of active transportation infrastructure such as bike lanes, cycle tracks, sharrows and multi-use trails.
Reducing collisions in Awareness Areas
Together with residents we also identified 2 "Awareness Areas". These areas were not identified by collision data but were raised as safety concerns.
Trucks are an important focus area because they account for, on average, 25% of the vehicles on Regional roads.
School zones were selected to ensure safety around school zones.
Plans and reports
- Region of Peel Transportation Safety Strategic and Operation Plan Update, Council Report, December 14, 2017 (PDF)
- Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan Summary Report, 2018-2022 (PDF)
- Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan, 2018-2022 (PDF)
Road user resources
- Bike Brampton – Cycling Safety Webpage
- Brampton School Traffic Safety Council
- Caledon School Traffic Safety Committee
- City of Brampton – Pedestrian and Driver Safety Website
- City of Mississauga – Road Safety Website
- Mississauga Road Safety Committee
- Peel Regional Police – Road Safety Website
- Region of Peel – Pedestrian Safety
- Walk and Roll Peel
- CAA – South Central – Road Safety Webpage
- MTO – Road Safety Homepage
- Ontario Road Safety Annual Reports
- Road Today – Road Safety Webpage
- Canada's Road Safety Strategy
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada)
- Road Safety in Canada
- Traffic Injury Prevention Foundation