In Toronto, a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed every 3 days on our roads. Between 2005 and 2016, there were over 2,100 pedestrians killed or injured.
These are our friends, colleagues, and family members.
The thing is, traffic collisions aren’t accidents, they are preventable events that can be eliminated through smarter street design, targeted enforcement and thoughtful public engagement. This has been shown to be true in Toronto as well as in other cities around the world such as New York, Seattle and Stockholm.
Toronto’s first Vision Zero Road Safety Plan acknowledges that deaths and serious injuries on our roads are preventable and outlines clear priorities to ensure that people can travel safely around the city as pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers. The plan outlines four action areas: infrastructure investments, traffic-safety education and awareness, enforcement activities and leveraging technology
The challenge is how best to implement Vision Zero.
This initiative calls on civic innovators, transit users, data scientists, designers, urban and transportation aficionados, citizens, academics and advocates to answer the question:
How might we use data, design and technology to make all toronto road users, especially seniors, newcomers and school children, safer immediately, and enable predictive and high priority interventions in the future?
The teams with the most promising solutions will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to receive coaching and training at Civic Hall Toronto to further develop their idea side by side with City of Toronto staff.
The teams with the most promising solutions will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to receive coaching and training at Civic Hall to further develop their idea side by side with City staff after the Challenge.
Ready to make Toronto’s streets safer?