The City of Vancouver is committed to reaching zero transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries in the City of Vancouver. In 2016, City Council approved the “Moving Towards Zero Safety Strategy” for achieving the City’s safety target, including an action plan and a funding strategy to accelerate implementation.
The five areas of focus of the strategy are:
1. Enhanced safety data
2. Evaluate and prioritize locations
3. Implement safety countermeasures
4. Prioritize enforcement
5. Education and public outreach
Over the last 20 years, the number of transportation related fatalities decreased by 40% in Vancouver, while the population increased by 20%. Although this is encouraging, there is still room for improvement. Approximately 45,000 traffic collisions occur in Vancouver every year, resulting in an average of 15 fatalities, 300 serious injuries, and 10,000 minor injuries annually.
This presents an exciting opportunity for the City of Vancouver to hold the first VANquish Collisions Hackathon. We believe that the combination of data, technology and talented Vancouverites can help shape the City’s approach to implementing the Moving Towards Zero Safety Strategy.
Help us VANquish Collisions for good!
What interventions will move the City of Vancouver more quickly towards our zero transportation related fatalities and serious injuries goal while encouraging active travel, especially for vulnerable road users such as seniors and children.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Seniors are involved in 40% of fatalities and 22% of serious injuries, while only representing 14% of the population. How can we reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries for this overrepresented group? How can the City make active travel safe and comfortable for seniors, especially in neighbourhoods with a large senior population and near amenities most visited by seniors (i.e. senior’s homes, senior centres)?
While children are not an overrepresented group when it comes to transportation related fatalities and serious injuries, they are one of the most vulnerable road users. How can we apply safety measures for children as they travel to school, spend time at playgrounds, and otherwise move around the city?
3. Pedestrians & Cyclists
People are extra vulnerable when they are walking and cycling, and when travelling that way they account for 60% of the transportation related fatalities and serious injuries each year. How might we make our streets safer for people walking and cycling?
4. Community Amenities
Public parks, schools, and community centres should be some of the safest places in our city. How might we reduce transportation-related incidents for people using these community amenities?