Research Papers

A Comparison of Municipal Road Safety Planning Practices Across Canada

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Date added June 26, 2017
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Category 2017 CARSP XXVII Toronto
Tags Policy and Practice, Session 1A
Author/Auteur Raheem Dilgir
Stream/Volet Policy and Practice

Slidedeck Presentation Only (no paper submitted)



"Preparing city-wide road safety plans has become a much more popular activity of recent years. This is in response to a number of factors, including safety being placed as a higher priority, a better understanding of road safety science, successes being realized in other jurisdictions through road safety planning, and public pressure.

Municipalities in Canada are no exception. Since the adoption of Canada's Road Safety Vision 2001 by the Federal Government, a number of provinces and municipalities have embarked on plans to holistically improve road safety in their jurisdictions. It is estimated that 20 municipalities across the country, or varying size, have released road safety plans. Some are more strategic and others are more action-oriented. The objectives of the presentation is to synthesize and compare the scope and the approaches that have been taken, to understand how this relates to the context and needs of the agency, and to provide indications of lessons learned from the road safety planning process. It is intended to assist those municipalities that are embarking on or updating their road safety plans. The presentation will first compare which program elements that are typically part of road safety planning are covered among the plans. These include (but are not limited to): a Vision, Mission Statement, philosophical approach, partners/stakeholders, aspirational targets, specific overall and sub-targets, the definition of target groups, the identification of emphasis areas, data sources, the role of public surveys, the amount of funding requested/approved, the identification of specific actions, and the definition of metrics to measure progress and success.

More recently, the philosophical approaches that have emerged include Safe Systems', Safe Mobility, Vision Zero and Towards Zero. These approaches will be compared, and published road safety plans will be assessed as embracing one or more of these approaches.
The outcome of this comparative analysis is to understand the scalability of approaches that may be necessary for municipalities of different size to achieve success in road safety planning.

It will include the results of follow-up interviews with each of the municipalities, to evaluate the success of their plans and processes, and the lessons learned for the next stages of road safety planning. The deliverables will consist of easy-to-read summary charts and tables summarizing the results of the comparative analysis, and a list of best practices. "

Raheem Dilgir