Safe System / Vision Zero approach
The flaws in the traditional approach
The traditional approach to pedestrian safety is to accept that roads are dangerous places or very dangerous places for pedestrians. This danger is dealt with by
This has a number of undesireable consequences.
The Safe System (Vision Zero) approach to road safety
The Safe System approach to road safety is based on the principle that road deaths and serious are not "freak accidents" that are inevitable, but are predictable and preventable. It accepts that it is normal for people to have lapses of concentration and make misjudgements, and so do not always act as intended or expected, and that the road system needs to be designed for people 'making mistakes'.
This approach is called "Sustainable Safety" in the Netherlands, and "Vision Zero" in Sweden. It has been credited with the improvements in road safety in those countries and elsewhere.
Vision Zero UK
A group to campaign for Vision Zero to be adopted in the UK was launched on 19 Jan 2016 at a conference in Camden Town Hall in London.
WHO (2004) World report on road traffic injury prevention http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/42871/1/9241562609.pdf - or download from here.
TOWARDS ZERO: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe System Approach (2008) OECD and the International Transport Forum http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/jtrc/safety/targets/08TargetsSummary.pdf - or download from here.
Conference Declaration at PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety) Conference: Aiming for Zero: The Challenges for Road Safety (2012)
http://www.pacts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/Conference-Declaration.pdf - or download from here.
|Last updated: 29 Feb 2016|