May 24, 2021

Surrey’s Safety Summit Opens Up Spaces for Free Online Conference

Road safety practitioners and partners – come learn about best practices in speed limit reduction!
Have you ever thought about how speed reduction helps you get to Vision Zero in your municipality? Have you wanted to start a speed management program in your community but didn’t know where to start? Please join us, as we invite leading subject matter experts to speak about their experiences in a half day summit about implementing speed limit reductions.

 

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 8:30am to 12pm PST
Place: Virtual Event on Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free

You can find out more about the event and register on this link.

 

This event has limited space. Each attendee must be registered to participate and has the option to register for the first half of the summit (Part 1) or the full half-day summit. Registration is available through the link below until May 21. Avoid disappointment by registering early!

Reducing speed limits is a subject of much recent debate in many municipalities. To help with navigating the planning, implementation and evaluation involved in the setting of speed limits, the City of Surrey is spearheading a national dialogue so that practitioners can share best practices and learn from each other. Given the important role vehicle speeds play in the likelihood and severity of collisions, we will be discussing the opportunities and challenges faced in building this momentum for the elimination of serious injures and fatalities on the road system.

The event will explore the different approaches to speed limit reduction and will highlight the real impact reducing speed limits can have on making Canadian streets safer.

Summit Learning Objectives
obtain a clear understanding of best practices in speed limit reduction;
discuss the process of developing and implementing speed limit reduction programs and projects;
learn about the importance of data driven and collaborative processes in successful speed reduction projects; and
explore opportunities to build momentum for speed limit reductions across BC and Canada.
Summit Agenda
Part 1: 8:30am – 10:05am
Introduction and Housekeeping
The Context and Case for Speed Reduction
Surrey’s Residential Speed Limit Reduction Pilot Project
Case Studies from 3 Canadian cities
Questions and Answers
Break: 10:05am – 10:20am
Part 2: 10:20am – 12:00pm
Inter-Disciplinary Panel Discussion
Small Group Discussions
Large Group Discussion
Closing
Why speed limit reduction?
Lower speeds are associated with reduced crashes, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced traffic noise, enhanced liveability, and increases in active transportation, such as walking and cycling, which support achieving Vision Zero Targets.

Many public health officials, in Canada and elsewhere, have long supported reducing speed limits in urban areas, citing the potential to save lives and promote public health. Municipalities across Canada, such as Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton, have successfully implemented reduced speed limit pilot projects as part of their speed management efforts.

In Surrey, Speeds are a priority for action under our Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan because how fast we drive is the key factor in whether or not someone is killed or injured in a crash. By reducing speeds, we can not only reduce the number of crashes that occur, but also reduce the severity of crashes that occur when people inevitably make mistakes.

Research has shown that small changes in travel speeds can greatly increase the chances of survival for those involved in collisions, particularly for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists who do not have the protective infrastructure of a vehicle.

For example, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Highway Safety Manual states that just a 2 km/h reduction in operating speeds can result in a 17 percent decrease in fatal collisions. It is also widely accepted that a pedestrian struck at 50 km/h has just a 15 percent chance of survival, while a pedestrian struck at 30 km/h has a 90 percent chance of survival.

A majority of British Columbians would like to see reductions in speed limits across the province. In a poll conducted by Research Co., 58% of those asked said they would either “definitely” or “probably” like to see the speed limit reduced to 30 km/h on all residential streets in their municipality.

Surrey Slow Streets: Speed Limit Reduction Pilot
This Spring, the City of Surrey, as part of their Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan, will launch Surrey Slow Streets, a pilot project to test the effectiveness of reduced speed limits in residential areas. The project will involve implementing speed limit reductions on residential roads in six zones throughout the City:

Three zones will have the speed limit reduced to 30 km/h
Three zones will have the speed limit reduced to 40 km/h
Surrey’s pilot is unique in that it will test both speed limits to see which works best for Surrey communities. The pilot is a starting point to determine the differences that lower speed limits can make on our roads, taking into consideration Surrey’s distinct characteristics and needs.

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  1. Need a regional Traffic Safety Commission in Metro Vancouver. If the Capital Region can have such a Commission why not in Metro Vancouver.

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