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Navigating The Challenge & Datasets

How to Get Started

A step-by-step guide about how to navigate the data, problem statement, and resources we've provided.

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Taxonomy

We defined key terms that may not be accessible to non-transportation planning experts.

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How to use Github

Not sure how to use GitHub? This guide will walk you through what you need to know.

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How to download files from Github

A video demonstrating how to download data from Github.

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Mentor Schedule

Want to know when you can connect with content experts, end users and design strategists? Check out our mentor schedule

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Judging Scorecard

Want to know what separates a good idea from a great idea? The scorecard will be the tool judges use to evaluate submissions and determine the Challenge winners.

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Transportation Services presentation at Kick-Off

Missed the Challenge Kick-Off or want to reflect back on what the City of Toronto is hoping to achieve through the Vision Zero Challenge? Take a look at this presentation conducted by Barbara Gray, General Manager of Transportation Services.

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Human Centered Design Tools

User Research Guide

An amazing resource developed by Ontario's Digital Service that will walk you through the steps and considerations when conducting user research.

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City of Toronto Personas

A great resource compiled by the City of Toronto. These personas reflect archetypes of people who live in Toronto and can be used to identify the type of user you want to solve for. Feel free to use, adapt and build off this resource.

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Empathy Map

The empathy map is a tool to help you gain understanding for a targeted persona or user.

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Journey Map

Journey maps are tools to understand the user's experience and thoughts as they go through a process and to understand the pain points of the experience.

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The Field Guide to Human Centered Design

The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design provides 57 design methods and case studies to help you understand the people you're designing for, and how to have more effective brainstorms and prototype your ideas.

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Toronto Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

The 5-year (2017-2021) action plan outlines the priorities and strategies to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets.

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"Road Safety Plan (RSP) 2017-2021 – Supplementary Report"

The City of Toronto Road Safety Plan Report has supplementary information and in depth analysis of existing safety programs as well as potential opportunities in the City of Toronto.

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Supporting Plans

Complete Streets Guideline

The Complete Streets Guidelines provides guidance on how city streets should be designed. Using a ‘complete streets’ approach streets should safely accommodate all users– pedestrians, cyclists, transit services and motor vehicles – while also supporting and enhancing local neighbourhood character.

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Road Classification System

This provides an overview of the road classification system which designates streets into different groups according to its usage.

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Cycling Network 10 Year Plan

The 10 Year Cycling Network Plan identifies how to connect, grow and renew cycling routes over the next 10 years.

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Walk Strategy

The Toronto Walking Strategy was adopted by Toronto City Council in 2009 to make Toronto a great walking city. The Toronto Walking Strategy includes visionary policy, infrastructure and programming to create a rich culture of walking in Toronto.

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Congestion Management Plan 2016-2020

The Plan outlines the strategies and tools used to manage congestion (e.g. reduce delays, reduce the number of stops, etc.) and improve safety through innovation and technology.

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City of Toronto Official Plan

The Official Plan outlines policies on how land in the City of Toronto should be used. It is intended to ensure that the City of Toronto evolves, improves and realizes its full potential in areas such as transit, land use development, and the environment.

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Global Vision Zero Best Practices

Vision Zero Sweden

Vision Zero originated in Sweden in 1997, and since then they have seen significant decreases in traffic-related deaths. Explore the Swedish model of Vision Zero.

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Teaching Road Safety to Kids

This blog provides an overview of educational materials designed for school children by Workz and the Danish Road Safety Council in Denmark.

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NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

The guide unveils the toolbox and the tactics cities use to make streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant.

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Vision Zero: The Canadian Landscape

This case study provides an introduction to Vision Zero in Canada with a ‘snapshot’ of different cities currently implementing or considering a Vision Zero road safety approach.

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Vision Zero: Using data to make decisions and take action

This provides case studies of how traffic safety departments in Toronto and Edmonton are using data to inform their approach to Vision Zero.

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Vulnerable Populations

The Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

This Guide provides the technical information needed to design public spaces that meet the requirements of the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces (the Standard) and illustrate the many opportunities that inclusive design provides to create innovative public spaces.

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School Children

Research on community-level interventions to improve school planning travel and safety.

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The Toronto Seniors Strategy: Towards an Age-Friendly City

Report outlining demographic information of older adults as well as eight recommendations to create an age friendly city.

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Toronto Newcomer Strategy

The Toronto Newcomer Strategy outlines strategies to improve newcomer settlement and identifies existing barriers and action areas.

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Pedestrian and Cycling Safety in Toronto

This study provides Toronto-specific data to identify risk factors for collisions that result in pedestrian and cyclist injury.

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Curated Vision Zero Data Sets

Vision Zero Challenge Github

This is an inventory of datasets released by the City of Toronto for this Challenge. This link will take you to an external GitHub Link

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Open Data Portals

City of Toronto Open Data

Explore the City of Toronto's open data catalogue, including datasets from a wide range of City divisions.

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Government of Ontario Open Data

This is Ontario’s searchable data catalogue. Relevant datasets include: average car travel speeds, traffic counts, transportation survey etc.

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Government of Canada Open Data

This site allows users to search open data that is relevant to Canadians, learn how to work with datasets, and see what people have done with open data across the country.

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Data Analysis + Insight Tools

R

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

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Python

Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language.

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PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is a free database software with spatial capability.

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Tableau Public

Tableau allows you to analyze data and create insightful visualizations.

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QGIS

QGIS is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data.

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Tad Viewer

Tad is a free (MIT Licensed) desktop application for viewing and analyzing tabular data.

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CSView

CSView is a lightweight viewer that displays the start of a data file immediately so there's no waiting around for very large files to load.

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Invision

Invision is a digital product design platform used for prototyping

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Superset

Superset is an open source data visualization tool.

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