About Vision Zero
Learn about the proven methods and core principles behind Vision Zero Surrey.
The Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan (2019-2023) represents a transformative shift in how we will prioritize road safety. Vision Zero Surrey unifies and co-ordinates the efforts of our partner agencies. It is a long-term commitment to a shared goal of ZERO.
Through the implementation of widely recognized principles and proven strategies, we will eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in our transportation system.
Why Vision Zero?
We acknowledge our obligation to protect the freedom to safely travel across our city. We will prioritize our vulnerable road users and protect everyone’s right to safe mobility.
The Facts About Surrey's Roads:
- Every hour, 1 person is injured.
- Every day, crashes cost over 1 million dollars.
- Every month, more than 1 person is killed.
- Every year, injury collisions go up 3%.
Road Fatalities Map
There were 21 lives lost on Surrey roads in 2018. View map as PDF.
In line with Vision Zero, we refuse to accept the loss of life in traffic and the burden of serious injuries as an inevitable price of our mobility. In collaboration with our communities and our partners, we are taking action to create a safe environment for all who share Surrey’s streets.
Our vision is bold and aspirational: Surrey has Zero people killed or seriously injured on our roads and human life is valued above all else in the transportation network.
Our goal is an achievable and measurable target: to reverse the trend of rising injuries and deaths on our roads and achieve a minimum 15% reduction in injury collisions over the next five years (2019-2023).
Vision Zero's Core Principles
- Serious traffic collisions are not "accidents," they are predictable and preventable.
- People inevitably make mistakes, but these mistakes should not be fatal or result in serious injury.
- All aspects of the transportation system must prioritize human life and health.
- System designers, policymakers and road users of every mode share responsibility to improve safety through systems-level changes.
- Speed is a fundamental factor in crash severity, and should be prioritized
Making changes to infrastructure and moving the dial on road safety culture takes time. However, we will get there through focused cooperation and shared ownership.
Vision Zero in Other Countries
Vision Zero was first initiated in countries like Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom. These countries now have the lowest rates of motor vehicle crash fatalities in the world. Vision Zero has since gained momentum in many places, including the United States and more recently in Canada.