Already this year, 22 people have been killed on Toronto streets. Now, the city is launching a competition to find ways to make city streets safer.
Through the Vision Zero Challenge, the City of Toronto and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University are inviting civic innovators, data analysts, designers, planners, academics and advocates to help identify where policy-makers should prioritize transportation safety improvements in the immediate, medium and long term.
“We want to know how data, design and technology can be used to make all road users in Toronto, especially seniors and school children, safer immediately,” says Mayor John Tory. As part of the eight-week challenge, to be launched on May 31, 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 City will help form teams if necessary.
Teams will have access to research and policy materials, data sets and capacity-building tools. Mentors will be on hand to help them refine their ideas and build solutions, which will be evaluated in two phases. Winning teams will be announced in September and awarded $7,000 for first prize and $3,000 for the runner-up. Both teams will have the option of taking part in a six-month coaching and training program to further refine and build their solution with City staff.
On average, a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed every three days on Toronto streets. Between 2005 and 2016, there were over 2,100 pedestrians killed or injured in traffic collisions. “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,” the City says on a website announcing the challenge.
For more information or to register, visit visionzerotochallenge.ca.