The City of Surrey hosted the first Vision Zero summit in British Columbia at Surrey City Hall. Vision Zero refers to zero road deaths and no serious injuries on roads, with the philosophy that every life matters. Applied in Sweden since 1997 the core belief is that “Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society”. This approach differs from the standard cost benefit approach, where a dollar value is based upon life, and that value is used to decide the cost of road networks and calculate the cost of risk.
This Vision Zero summit brought together the Provincial Health Services Authority and the City of Surrey to lead a discussion on implementing Vision Zero to mitigate road fatalities and serious crash injuries in the Province. The conference also advocated for the adoption of the Safe Systems Approach to evaluate roads as safe for all road users. This is different to the “85th percentile” speed philosophy that bases road speeds on the speed 85 percent of vehicles travel past a certain fixed point on the road.
In the City of Surrey twenty people a year die from car crashes and there are over 12,000 traffic related injuries.Read more »