Canadians are too tolerant of unsafe roads, and unsafe cities, and unsafe neighbourhoods.
There is a lot written about this, only some of which is readily understandable.
I thought this video made the case in simple English with persuasively related pictures:
It’s from a longer story here: https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/sustainable-or-systematic-safety/
One could make a very similar video with pedestrians as the key focus, rather than the numerous cycling illustrations. Vision Zero isn’t about cycling safety, it about everyone’s safety.
The five key principles behind vision zero for systematic safety are:
- speed control and separation of incompatible users (we do this for motor vehicles – compare Preston with the Qway; but we don’t do this between cars and other modes)
- avoid incompatible functions or goals for the same streets (Ottawa has repudiated this concept, roads are treated like streets and streets like roads)
- predictability and simplicity
- forgivingness of errors, and preventing users from making errors
- state awareness, ie training, rule enforcement, stiff penalties for road violence
It’s never too late to do the right thing.