Moving Beyond the Vision Zero Slogan

This research article articulate the Dutch and Swedish approach to Safe System that is associated with their tremendous success in reducing traffic fatality. It suggests that to embrace the Safe System approach, we need a paradigm shift that puts safety and quality of life at the forefront of our thinking about transportation planning, design, and implementation. We argue that there is a need for a broader dissemination, understanding, and adoption of the underlying principles of Sustainable Safety, and recommend that universities improve engineering and planning education with more Sustainable Safety thinking. We also argue for greater coordination between federal, state, and municipal agencies, and a move away from victim blaming toward the achievable goal of zero road deaths through the adoption of Sustainable Safety approaches.

Read more at the accepted manuscript

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For more to read, please head to the CityLab article “How the Dutch Delivered a Traffic Safety Revolution”

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