Car and cyclist stopped for pedestrian at crosswalk with flashing beacon at Victoria and Grant streets

Vision zero: Vancouver's transportation safety action plan

Our goal: To have zero traffic related fatalities and serious injuries

Recent steps we've made

  • Embedded the zero traffic related fatalities target in our Transportation 2040 Plan
  • Launched our first slow zone demonstration pilot in February 2021 in the Grandview-Woodland area. Review the Council report  (7.8 MB)
  • Installed 33 flashing pedestrian beacons and 24 pedestrian controlled signals since 2016. See our Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan  (8 MB) for details on these devices
  • Created the Traffic Safety Advisory Group to develop strategies to improve safety from a multi-disciplinary perspective; including feedback from our health partners

In recent years we have taken steps to improve transportation safety. We have made progress but more work is needed as fatalities and serious injuries still occur, and even one fatality is too many.

Great strides are being made around the world and more and more public and private agencies are recognizing that zero fatalities is the only acceptable goal for transportation safety. 

To achieve our goal, we developed our Moving Towards Zero Safety Action Plan  (3 MB), which we presented to City Council in November 2016.

What's happeningSchool Zone Speed Limit Reduction Pilot

We're launching a pilot on March 27 to reduce speeds on collector and arterial streets in nine school zones. 

Studies show that slower motor vehicle speeds dramatically improve safety for people walking and cycling. Reducing vehicle speeds from 50 km/hr to 30 km/hr can reduce pedestrian fatality rates from 80% to 15% in the event of a collision.

Schools and streets impacted by the pilot

The pilot is running exclusively at elementary schools as elementary school-aged children are more vulnerable road users than high school-aged students.

The reduced speed limits are in effect during school hours only (8am to 5pm on school days).

Arterial streets (speed reduction from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr)

Collector streets (speed reduction from 50 km/hr to 30 km/hr)

We'll report back to Council in spring 2024 with the pilot results. If successful, an expansion to additional schools would be considered.

Read more about the pilot (3 MB)

Your safety is our focus

Visibility and safety tips

Know how to stay seen and safe during dark times of day and wet weather.

Signs, signals, and regulations

Recognize the signs and signals used in Vancouver and know the regulations that help keep everyone safe.

Traffic calming and safety

How we use traffic calming measures to keep the roads safe and tips for safe driving.

What we're doing

Improving safety

How we're improving transportation safety in Vancouver with outreach, data analysis, and more.

Rail safety

We're working to reduce impacts from rail activity and improve the safety near rail crossings.

Priority intersections and corridors

View and find out how we select our list of priority Vancouver intersections and corridors.

Collision data

Find out how we get, use, and compile Vancouver collision data to understand traffic related injuries.

School Active Travel Program

Our program seeks to encourage and promote walking, cycling, and rolling to school.

Grandma On The Move

Grandma on the Move, features Will Stroet and Charlotte Diamond, with an aim to inspire safe, courteous, and mindful road behaviour.

Outdoor Lighting Strategy

Our Outdoor Lighting Strategy helps us improve street safety and reduce energy use.

Decode Congestion Hackathon

Learn about the Decode Congestion Hackathon, an initiative to address transportation issues with digital solutions.

Questions about our program? Email us.