By subscribing to the Vision Zero Action Plan, Montréal has made a strong commitment to road safety. Through concrete, multilateral actions, with the support of its partners, the city aims to have zero deaths and zero serious injuries on its roads by 2040.
Why the Vision Zero approach?
Because one death on the streets of Montréal is one too many.
Here are some statistics on the state of road safety in Montréal:
- Every 41 hours, someone is killed or seriously injured on Montréal roads.
- Half of all pedestrian fatalities are age 65 or older.
- More than 75% of drivers who die are young men (20-24 years old).
- 14 pedestrians die each year.
- Over three quarters of all collisions occur at intersections.
These clear findings are unacceptable in the city’s eyes. That’s why Montréal launched the Vision Zero Action Plan in 2018. Through this plan, Montréal and its 33 partners have committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads to zero by 2040. The plan includes some sixty commitments by the city, organized under 22 multilateral actions.
These actions are called “multilateral” because the Action Plan is open and gives the Montreal community a leading role. It’s one of Montréal’s most ambitious joint action operations ever in road safety.
Actions are focused on safe mobility
Gathered around three major themes, the actions demonstrate the commitment of Montréal and its partners. Here’s a quick look at those commitments.
- Create a dedicated Vision Zero team and hire seven additional people to implement the action plan
- Create a Vision Zero Steering Committee with the most influential partners in road safety
- Establish a post-fatal collision analysis team
- Publish an annual status report on “Road Safety in Montréal”
Change the mentality
- Work on three important themes: crossing the street; heavy vehicles; speed management
- Better synchronize awareness campaigns
- Improve the training of professional drivers
- Develop better tools to analyze collisions and their impacts on the population
Transform the road network
- Implement a “School Zone Safety Program”
- Improve existing bicycle lanes and develop the express bicycle network
- Add more pedestrian lights with the digital countdown feature
- Improve the lighting of all passages under bridges and viaducts
Let’s all take action for safer roads
Want to be a part of making roads safer? Here are some examples of concrete actions that can make a difference:
- Respect the speed limits and concentrate on your driving by putting down your cell phone and other electronic devices.
- Travel on roads in a predictable manner and share the road with other users.
- Cross streets at the right time at intersections and pedestrian crossings.
- Be vigilant around heavy vehicles and stay out of their blind spots.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Make your commitment known to those around you by sharing it.
- Recognize that our own actions can cause collisions, and that our behaviour on the roads affects the lives of others
To dive deeper, we invite you to consult the 2019 State of Road Safety Report. This document presents the figures for serious and fatal collisions on Montréal streets between 2014 and 2019, as well as actions taken by the city and its partners.
Did you know?
The Vision Zero approach is a philosophy adopted by Sweden in 1997. Implemented in many major cities around the world, this approach is based on the basic principle that “it’s unacceptable for people to be killed or seriously injured while travelling on the road network”.