Vision Zero and Road Safety

March 8, 2017:  MCAC is pleased that the City has reinstated the Road Safety Committee (website).  There is now an MCAC liaison on the RSC.

► The Road Safety Committee last published the Mississauga Road Safety Handbook (cover image at left) in 2013.

► NOTE: The City of Mississauga Road Safety website includes Cycling Safety.

Mississauga News article (January 17, 2017):  Road safety in Mississauga grossly inadequate, experts sayExcerpt:  "The solution...is not greater education and enforcement, but bold urban design strategies that adhere to the principle that no loss of life is acceptable on city streets. This is embodied in Vision Zero, a multinational road traffic safety effort that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries."

Mississauga News article (March 1, 2017):  Mississauga council reinstates defunct road safety committee Excerpt:  "The road safety committee will be separate from the city’s existing committees that deal with traffic-related matters, including the Traffic Safety Council (TSC) and the MCAC."

► City of Mississauga Press Release (March 8, 2017): Mississauga's Commitment to Road Safety - Reinstatement of Road Safety Committee.




Road Safety Committee - MCAC Liaison

March 2018:  MCAC is pleased that Mississauga City Council has reinstated the Road Safety Committee (website, including Agendas and Minutes).  An MCAC citizen member has been appointed to the RSC as our liaison for this mutually important topic of concern (name will appear on the cover sheet of the monthly Agenda).

The inaugural RSC meeting was held on December 12, 2017, and regular monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month.

Meetings are open to the public and a Public Question Period is allocated.  Note that questions must concern an item already on the published Agenda.

► See the RSC's Vision Zero Motion (Approved: February 21, 2018).




Vision Zero for Mississauga -- Framework Approved

February 2018:  The Motion to Adopt Vision Zero was unanimously approved at Mississauga Council (AGENDA - Feb. 21, 2018).  This, after discussion at the newly-reinstated Road Safety Committee.  After years of MCAC advocacy for Vision Zero in Mississauga, it is encouraging to see the RSC (chaired by Cllr. Pat Saito) taking this step (click image at left for enlargement).  MCAC has a liaison on the RSC.

► View the City's Transportation Dept. Report (February 14, 2017):  The Vision Zero Approach to Road Safety (pp7-20 of the PDF).  It was received by Council for information only.  Excerpt:  "The Mississauga Moves project that begins this year will deliver a formal Transportation Master Plan to guide our strategic priorities and actions going forward, and will provide an opportunity for all road users to take part in the conversation about today’s pain points and tomorrow’s possibilities for our roads and road safety aspirations.The Motion (Feb. 21, 2018) now ensures that a 'Vision Zero framework' will guide the road safety process.

► City of Mississauga Press Release (February 22, 2018):  No Loss of Life is Acceptable - Vision Zero Road Safety Approach Approved by Council.

Mississauga News article (February 23, 2018):  City of Mississauga pushes forward with Vision Zero strategy.




Vision Zero Advocate Conference 2018

The 2nd annual Vision Zero Advocate Conference (website) took place in Toronto February 28 - March 2, 2018.  MCAC was represented, along with members of the newly reinstated Mississauga Road Safety Committee.

The goal of Vision Zero is to live in a world where anything greater than zero is unacceptable when it comes to traffic fatalities or serious injury (including cyclists and pedestrians).  This 2nd Conference was about taking action on traffic safety. 

We heard from road safety specialists and industry leaders who have been influencing change to reduce traffic related fatalities and serious injuries.  We learned the best approaches to roadway engineering, public education, speed management and data-driven decision making.  Most importantly, we now want to work with City Departments and Committees to determine how can we make Vision Zero a reality in Mississauga.




MCAC Presentation to Road Safety Advisory Committee of Cycling Advisory Committees

January 25, 2017:  MCAC presented to the Mississauga Traffic Safety Council in regard to our research and aspirations regarding Vision Zero.

► View the MCAC Vision Zero presentation to the TSC (41-slide PDF)

► View the Mississauga Road Safety website.




Spotlight on the 905: Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths

A recent article in Metronews (July 21, 2016) entitled "Rash of pedestrian and cyclist deaths put spotlight on the 905's deadly streets" was published concerning six pedestrians and two cyclists killed in Peel Region so far in 2016.  MCAC spoke to the reporter, Luke Simcoe.  

Excerpt:  Irwin Nayer, vice-chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, said that if the city wants to be safer for cyclists, it needs to build more on-road bike paths. The vast majority of bike infrastructure in Mississauga consists of off-road paths aimed at recreational cycling, he said.

“We’ve tried to separate cyclists from vehicles and in doing so, we haven’t created the mindset among motorists that we need to be sharing the road,” he said.

Like [Ward 1 Councillor Jim] Tovey, Nayer said growth and density in the 905 will lead to an increase in cycling, and he hopes the region responds accordingly.

There will be a cycle track as part of the LRT development along Hurontario. There’s no question it will increase mode share,” he said.

“Now the question is do you wait to establish that mode share before you build the infrastructure, or do you build the infrastructure now because it’s the right thing to do?”




MCAC Presentation to Joint Committee

May 28, 2016:  MCAC hosted the annual meeting of the Joint Committee of Western Lake Ontario Cycling Advisory Committees.

The Joint Committee attracts representatives from Ontario municipalities north, west and southwest of Mississauga to its annual meeting to discuss common cycling issues.  The geographical scope has grown to include Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, Waterloo Region, Niagara Region, Haldimand County and Guelph.

For the first time, Mississauga (MCAC) hosted the annual meeting.  We consulted with attendees ahead of time to compile the Agenda.  MCAC suggested 'Vision Zero' as a topic and undertook the research.

MCAC presented an overview about Vision Zero (33-slide PDF) in order to start a conversation about the concept and how cycling advisory committees might approach this initiative with our respective municipal councils.

As a result of this presentation, it was agreed by the Joint Committee to hold a Vision Zero Workshop in the future to explore the topic more deeply and develop a mutual strategy for advocacy at the municipal level.  Details TBA.

After the morning session, representatives on the Joint Committee participated in the City Centre Community Ride and toured the Mississauga 'Downtown' to observe how MCAC conducts large public rides, and to experience the variety of cycling infrastructure in the city core.




New Ontario Road Safety Rules in effect September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015 -- On September 1, 2015, new rules of the road in Ontario will come into effect.  Provisions in Bill 31 related to Keeping Cyclists Safe:

The "dooring" of cyclists will carry an increased set fine of $365* and three demerit points upon conviction.

New rules will also require drivers to leave a one-metre distance where possible when passing cyclists, or they may face the penalty of a $110* set fine and two demerit points.

Cyclists who don't use the required bicycle lights and reflectors face a higher set fine of $110.*  A bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks.

► Click for the Ontario Government (MOT) Press Release (Aug. 31, 2015) and additional information.

► Click for the legal details of Bill 31 as it pertains to CYCLING (for both drivers and cyclists). "These cycling changes are directed at encouraging cycling, promoting road safety, and sharing the road."



MCAC ADVOCATES FOR VISION ZERO:


SEARCH FOR INFORMATION:
Vision Zero is receiving a lot of attention now as the movement spreads!  Search for the latest postings on Vision Zero.

DEFINITION: "Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic.  It started in Sweden in October 1997."  (Wikipedia)

CANADA: The national advocacy campaign Vision Zero Canada (website) was launched in December 2015. 
Twitter: @VisionZeroCA
Facebook: VisionZeroCanada

NO ACCIDENT: A valuable resource on Vision Zero is the 2014 book No Accident: Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads, by author Neil Arason, who notes that Canadians tend to regard motor vehicle crashes as accidents, acts of God, or the fault of individuals engaging in aberrant behaviour.
See website: neil.arason.ca