The City of Hamilton held its first open house on Vision Zero Thursday evening.
Vision Zero, for those not familiar, began in Sweden in 1997 with the goal of achieving zero traffic fatalities - summarized "No loss of life is acceptable" - by making engineering changes road infrastructure and regulating speed and behaviour.
Sweden has successfully decreased the number of road fatalities, even with increasing traffic volume.
City staff in attendance seem genuinely interested in re-balancing the City's transportation network to decrease injuries and death.
We finally have an average number of injuries from vehicle collisions per year: 1824. The average number of fatalities? 16 on City roads.
This does not include Highway 6, Highway 8 in Flamborough, Highway 5 from Hwy 6 to 8, and the 400 Series. These roads are under provincial jurisdiction.
About 40 people attended the workshop portion of the evening, with a dozen senior staff - including Director level civil servants - in attendance to hear from residents.
The evening started with remarks from Councillor Matthew Green. Mayor Fred Eisenberger was in attendance, listening to resident input.
Residents were asked to comment on five questions (which included many sub-points):
The City expects to conduct more public consultation and a report will be presented to Council for action in 2018.
More information on the City Vision Zero webpage