RESOURCE - Action2Zero
Does your community have a road safety plan? If if does, your local government is probably ahead of most. If it doesn't, you should be asking your elected representatives why this is the case. After all, you are more likely to suffer financial loss, injury or death from a traffic related incident than you are from all other criminal actions combined.
We seem to have two modes of operation when it comes to road safety. On one hand, we express concerns about the speed of traffic in our neighbourhoods and demand some form of traffic calming. Elected officials listen, make excuses and nothing is accomplished. On the other, something serious happens, there is a cry about the situation having been known for some time and demands are made about why something wasn't done before this. A knee jerk response is likely if any correction is attempted.
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) hosts knowledge and sets of tools called Action2Zero.
The shared knowledge consists of four modules that are structured in a question and answer format to help users quickly access topics of interest. Each module contains a list of questions as well as a reference section that supports the findings shared in each module.
- The Fundamentals of Community Road Safety
- Guiding Approaches to Road Safety
- Assess Road Safety in Your Community
- Partners, Plans and Committees
Designed to be completed by a cross-section of road safety stakeholders within the community, the tools will empower them to track progress achieving their strategic road safety plan. Jurisdictions can gauge the status of road safety in their community to determine what strategies and initiatives have been implemented and prioritize improvements to address gaps and achieve their plan.
The Action2Zero site also points to other resources that provide more information on the following topics:
- Road safety approaches and initiatives
- Active transportation and active road users
- School zone safety
- Traffic calming
- Topic-specific resources
- Research publications