City Seeks Input on Developing Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

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cross walk shadowThe City of Kingston is seeking the public’s input on how to improve the safety of our city streets as part of its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan.

According to a release, motor vehicle collisions in Kingston result in over 300 personal injuries and approximately three fatalities every year.

“The ‘Vision Zero’ model for road safety is used throughout the world. Vision Zero means that no loss of life on our roads is acceptable,” said Deanna Green, manager, traffic division. “As part of the road safety plan, we will be working with local stakeholders to develop policies and actions to help us eliminate fatalities and injuries on our roads. We need the public’s input to help us achieve this vision.”

The City will be reviewing Kingston’s collision history and using the public’s feedback to identify six key areas of importance to concentrate on over the short, medium and long-term during the next 20 years.

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The resulting Vision Zero Road Safety Plan will provide guidelines, policies, procedures, programs and technology to help the City and community stakeholders “achieve annual targets to protect motorists and other vulnerable road users, including motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians”.

The Vision Zero model the City is following is utilized world-wide for developing road safety plans based on the five E’s of road safety: engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation and engagement.

Learn more about Vision Zero and offer your road safety ideas at an open house on Tuesday, October 24 between 6pm and 8pm in City Hall’s Memorial Hall.

After that date, the public can submit their thoughts in a survey that will appear online at Survey submissions will be accepted until Thursday, November 30.

UPDATE: The City of Kingston has posted a video that discusses the Vision Zero Safety Plan:

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