Edmonton, Canada: City should aim for zero road injuries and deaths, not 20% drop (Vision Zero Watch)

Two councillors say the city’s draft 2020-2024 road safety plan released Monday should have a stronger commitment to eliminating road deaths, rather than having a goal of reducing fatalities by a fraction.

Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney has been pushing the city to adopt a “Vision Zero” approach to road safety — that is, an aim to have zero road deaths — but was disillusioned after learning the city’s proposed goal is “a reduction in the average annual rate of fatal and major injury collisions of 20 per cent by 2024.”

“We’ve normalized death and catastrophic injury on our roads and the fact that we would be content with reducing that by 20 per cent, to me, doesn’t show much vision,” McKenney said.