Learn about Surrey's approach to safe roads, safe speeds, safe road users and safe vehicles.

Safe Systems Approach

Vision Zero Surrey is based on the Safe Systems approach. The four pillars of a safe system – safe roads, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe road users – combine to produce an effect greater than the sum of individual treatments. If one part of the system fails, other parts provide protection.

This means we must work together towards:

  • Road designs that prioritize safety
  • Vehicle speeds appropriate for the road environment
  • Road user behaviours that create a culture of safety
  • Safe and well-maintained vehicles

Explore the categories below to see highlights of our planned actions under each pillar of the Safe Systems Approach:

What’s Next

The City of Surrey joins the bold and aspirational global movement towards Zero. It will take time and hard work. Vision Zero reaches beyond traditional road safety concepts and relies on strong multi-agency cooperation.

Together with our partners, we will immediately begin work to address critical road safety issues. At the same time, all partners will align organisational processes to support the delivery of Vision Zero objectives.

Our First Steps

We will begin the journey to Zero by enhancing internal processes. We will systematically incorporate road safety into the design and review of capital projects.

We will save lives by proactively considering and implementing safety countermeasures when we build new developments, parks, recreation and other infrastructure.

We are developing a detailed Implementation Plan as a matter of priority. It will detail specific interventions, countermeasures, locations, milestones and budget.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation

We have consistently been recognized as one of the top cities in North America for our forward-thinking approach in leveraging technology to achieve our goals.

We will continue to innovate with Intelligent Transportation Systems to respond to trends in our road safety data. By integrating signal timing optimization and preparing our city streets for emerging technologies like connected and autonomous vehicles, we will ensure our Plan is effective now and into the future.


The mandate to deliver road safety is shared amongst all levels of government, corporations, non-profit organizations and the community. Through better collaboration amongst all road safety stakeholders we will move forward on our shared Vision Zero objectives.

In order to make Zero a reality, policy and legislation needs to evolve in ways that accurately respond to current and emerging challenges.

We will ensure that continued dialogue with decision makers is focused on making our roads safer.

Highlights of our Planned Safe Systems Interventions

The Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan 2019-2023 includes the following highlighted actions to make streets safe for everyone:

  • Leverage advanced data and analytics to help us better understand, anticipate, and take action to avoid common collision scenarios
  • Target the city’s top 50 high collision intersections with road safety infrastructure improvements
  • Invest in rapid expansion of safe pedestrian crossings
  • Implement separated cycle tracks to protect a growing cyclist community
  • Accelerate innovative approaches in the operation and management of traffic signals
  • Take measures to slow speeds through speed limit reviews, speed reader boards, targeted enforcement and moving toward automated enforcement
  • Implement smart mobility initiatives, including connected technologies, that optimize safety and the free-flow movement of people
  • Pilot emerging technologies, like autonomous vehicles, to reduce the leading contributors to collisions