Vision Zero and Road Safety
March 8, 2017: MCAC is pleased that the City has decided to reinstate the Road Safety Advisory Committee (former webpage). MCAC advocated for this during our Presentation to Council on December 14, 2016 where we spoke about Vision Zero.
MCAC spoke to this issue in the following article:
► Mississauga News article (January 17, 2017): Road safety in Mississauga grossly inadequate, experts say. Excerpt: "As municipalities across the GTHA adapt to a more pedestrianized, cycle-friendly urban landscape, motor vehicles remain the primary mode of transportation in Mississauga. Dorothy Tomiuk, citizen member of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC), attributes this lingering car-centric culture to the fact residents do not feel safe on city streets. “Mississauga is nothing but a network of roads,” noted Tomiuk. “And there’s a worldwide awakening to the fact that people are getting slaughtered on roads.” ... The solution, said Tomiuk, 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."
► View the City's Transportation Dept. Report (February 14, 2017): The Vision Zero Approach to Road Safety (14p PDF)
► 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 Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC)."
► View the City Press Release (March 8, 2017). Excerpt: "Today, Mississauga City Council approved the reinstatement of the Road Safety Advisory Committee. ... Whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, our Road Safety Program takes detailed measures to improve road safety in Mississauga and reduce the risk of people getting injured."
► View the current City of Mississauga Road Safety webpage.
► The Road Safety Advisory Committee last published the Mississauga Road Safety Handbook in 2013.
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)
NOTE: We are awaiting the Corporate Report to Council (expected February 2017) regarding Road Safety in Mississauga, and will provide links here when is it posted.
► 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
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.
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."
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)
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
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