Vision Zero: Kamloops Road Safety Strategy

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Consultation has concluded. Council adopted the Vision Zero strategy in November, 2023. 

Vision Zero is a multi-national traffic safety initiative that was founded in Sweden in the late 1990s. It’s based on the philosophy that no one should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system. Ultimately, the main goal of Vision Zero is to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road. One of the Kamloops Transportation Master Plan's strategic directions is to “develop and implement a comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy that outlines goals and measures to achieve a target of zero collisions causing fatalities or serious injuries by 2039.”

To view the overview of the strategy with crash data analysis, click here.

The City gathered input from stakeholders and the public in 2022. This information, along with collision data review, crash analyses, and input from industry partners, was compiled in a report presented to Committee of the Whole on October 24, 2023 and adopted at Council on October 31, 2023.

Vision Zero is a multi-national traffic safety initiative that was founded in Sweden in the late 1990s. It’s based on the philosophy that no one should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system. Ultimately, the main goal of Vision Zero is to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road. One of the Kamloops Transportation Master Plan's strategic directions is to “develop and implement a comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy that outlines goals and measures to achieve a target of zero collisions causing fatalities or serious injuries by 2039.”

To view the overview of the strategy with crash data analysis, click here.

The City gathered input from stakeholders and the public in 2022. This information, along with collision data review, crash analyses, and input from industry partners, was compiled in a report presented to Committee of the Whole on October 24, 2023 and adopted at Council on October 31, 2023.

Consultation has concluded. Council adopted the Vision Zero strategy in November, 2023. 

  • Council Adopts Vision Zero Strategy

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    At the October 31, 2023 Regular Council meeting, Council voted to adopt the Vision Zero Strategy and Action Plan provided any strategies with financial implications come back to Council.

    Vision Zero is a multi-national traffic safety initiative, founded in Sweden in the late 1990s. It’s based on the philosophy that no one should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system. Ultimately, the main goal of Vision Zero is to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road. Implementing this strategy is one of the strategic directions from the Kamloops Transportation Master Plan.

    This Vision Zero Strategy and Action Plan was completed over five phases, starting in fall 2021. The project involved substantial public and community engagement, including virtual sessions, online surveys, and in-person engagement. The final Vision Zero Strategy and Action Plan is composed of 27 individual strategies in five emphases areas that aim to improve safety for all road users in Kamloops, guiding everything from road design and traffic speeds, to signalization and sidewalks, while considering operational requirements from all partners, such as emergency vehicle access, snow removal, asphalt integrity, accessibility, school zones, and more.

    The Kamloops Vision Zero Strategy and Action Plan presents a practical and action-oriented approach to reduce transportation fatalities and serious injuries. Adopting the plan represents a fundamental shift in the City’s approach to transportation safety, ensuring that Kamloops residents can move safely, regardless of the mode of transportation they use. Staff will develop a funding plan and present to Council in 2024.

  • City Seeking Public Input into Vision Zero Strategy

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    The City of Kamloops is seeking public input on a strategy to improve safety on Kamloops’ streets and sidewalks. Starting today, residents are invited to contribute to the development of Vision Zero – Kamloops Road Safety Strategy, which will outline goals and measures to achieve a target of zero collisions causing fatalities or serious injuries by 2039.

    Vision Zero is a multi-national traffic safety initiative, founded in Sweden in the late 1990s. It’s based on the philosophy that no one should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system. Ultimately, the main goal of Vision Zero is to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road. Implementing this strategy is one of the strategic directions from the Kamloops Transportation Master Plan.

    The City is gathering input from stakeholders including first responders, ICBC, internal operations, community associations, as well as the public. The project team is seeking stories, lived experiences, and input on traffic safety. This information, along with collision data review, crash analyses, and input from industry partners, will be presented to Council this fall and help form the long-term strategy.

    This new strategy will guide everything from road design and traffic speeds, to signalization and sidewalks, while considering operational requirements from all partners, such as emergency vehicle access, snow removal, asphalt integrity, accessibility, school zones, and more.

    “Adopting a Vision Zero strategy was a high priority to come out of the Transportation Master Plan,” said Purvez Irani, Transportation Manager. “The public’s input and lived experiences on Kamloops roads is an important perspective on road safety to incorporate when we create the final plan.”

    Residents can take a short survey, share stories, or drop pins on a map to show their experiences, as well as view the Vision Zero data analysis on this page.