In Toronto, a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed every 3 days on our roads. Between 2005 and 2016, there were over 2,100 pedestrians killed or injured in traffic collisions.
These are our friends, colleagues, and family members.
The thing is, traffic collisions aren’t accidents, they are preventable events that can be eliminated through smarter street design, targeted enforcement and thoughtful public engagement. This has been shown to be true in Toronto as well as in other cities around the world such as New York, Seattle and Stockholm.
Toronto’s first Vision Zero Road Safety Plan acknowledges that deaths and serious injuries on our roads are preventable and outlines clear priorities to ensure that people can travel safely around the city as pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers. The plan outlines four action areas: infrastructure investments, traffic-safety education and awareness, enforcement activities and leveraging technology
The challenge is how best to implement Vision Zero.
This initiative calls on civic innovators, transit users, data scientists, designers, urban and transportation aficionados, citizens, academics and advocates to answer the question:
How might we use data, design and technology to make all Toronto road users, especially seniors, newcomers and school children, safer immediately, and enable predictive and high priority interventions in the future?
The Challenge is an 8-week competition where participants will work in teams or independently to develop innovative and data driven solutions to make Toronto’s streets safer for everyone today and into the future.
The teams with the most promising solutions will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to receive coaching and training at Civic Hall Toronto to further develop their idea side by side with City of Toronto staff.
Ready to make Toronto’s streets safer?
The Vision Zero Challenge is officially live! Make sure you sign up to receive information about the official Slack channel and other relevant information about the Challenge, including how to connect with mentors and available resources.May 15, 2018
The Vision Zero Challenge is officially open. Join us at the Kick-Off event to hear from Vision Zero experts, learn about the available resources and begin to form teams. This event is designed to help you hit the ground running so you can start building your solutions. Not able to make it? No worries. We’ll record it.May 31, 2018 at 6:00pm
We’re halfway there! Feeling stuck or don’t have the rights tools to tackle this challenge? Make sure you check out our mentor and meet-up schedules or get in touch.June 28, 2018
The Vision Zero Challenge closes at 11:59pm Thursday, July 26th. To qualify for prizes and have your submission reviewed by judges, you must submit your solution through the online portal by this time.July 26, 2018
After Phase I of the judging process is complete, the Top 5 Teams will be announced and invited to participate in a Pitch Competition.August, 2018
The Top 5 Teams will pitch their solutions to a panel of high profile judges for the chance to win prize money and programming supports from Civic Hall Toronto.September 24-27, 2018
Are you ready to make Toronto’s streets safer for everyone?
We’re looking for civic innovators, data scientists, designers, urban and transportation aficionados, academics and advocates to participate! Register for the Challenge in the participant portal to be invited to the official Challenge Slack Channel and connect with other participants.