Evidence from cities across the globe confirms that a sustainable transport system helps to save lives. Mexico City for example committed to Vision Zero in 2015. In the two years following, the worlds fifth largest metropolitan area reduced traffic deaths by 18%, including 24% fewer deaths among people walking and 77% fewer among people biking. Now, walking, biking, and public transport are the main focus for mobility strategies.
London meanwhile aims to have all deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic eliminated by 2041. Their Vision Zero Action Plan prioritises public transport, walking and cycling, and focuses on five key areas for action:
- Safe speeds;
- Safe streets;
- Safe vehicles, including introducing a worldleading Bus Safety Standard across London’s entire bus fleet;
- Safe behaviours;
- Postcollision response, which consists of developing systematic information sharing and learning, along with improving justice and care for the victims of traffic incidents.
The first Indian state to adopt Vision Zero in May 2017 was Haryana. Its road safety action plan focusses on increased public transport and the importance of good infrastructure for active mobility options. After witnessing positive impacts the state quickly expanded the program from 10 to 21 districts.
These examples come from UITP’s 2020 report ‘Promoting Safe And Sustainable Cities With Public Transport’, which outlines the steps cities can take to create safer streets. Click on the button to read the full report.