Safe Systems — What Does it Mean for Vision Zero?

Safe Systems - Vision Zero

When discussing traffic safety, the lives so deeply impacted by injuries and fatalities can sometimes be minimized in technical and scientific jargon. Discussions about “level-of-service” for drivers or standards for traffic control devices tend to ignore the emotional and societal toll of 40,000 lives lost to traffic fatalities each year in the U.S.

Fortunately, the Vision Zero movement is helping to change the way we think and talk about safe mobility. Vision Zero is a strategy that prioritizes safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all. And the primary way that Vision Zero differs from the traditional approach to traffic safety is that it is built upon the Safe Systems approach.

So, what does Safe Systems mean?

In our recent Vision Zero Network webinar, we were pleased to welcome Eric Dumbaugh, PhD Associate Director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety and Seth Lajeunesse, Research Associate at University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center, to share how a Safe Systems approach is foundational to achieving Vision Zero.

WEBINAR – PART ONE

And we invite you to join us for the second part of this webinar discussion focused on Safe Systems and Vision Zero, scheduled for October 30, 2018. For details and to register, check back at visionzeronetwork.org.