READING - The Safe Systems Approach

Vision Zero CanadaWe hear a lot about the Safe Systems Approach required by Vision Zero. An article in Transportation Talk, the newsletter of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers by Neil Arason explains:

The only way that vision zero can be adopted in a meaningful form, however, is when accompanied by a steadfast commitment to safe system thinking. What exactly, then, does that mean? It is often said that 90% of crashes are caused by drivers; however, this is because we have designed a system that allows 90% of crashes to be caused by drivers. Instead, vision zero and safe system thinking are about creating a system that works automatically by design to make road user deaths and serious injuries nearly impossible outcomes. This is the safe system approach and it represents the leading thinking in the world in road safety.