The Six Es of traffic safety are commonly used in Vision Zero planning: Engineering, Enforcement, Evaluation, Education, Engagement and Equity. The newest E, Equity, recognizes the need to understand the different barriers and power imbalances that affect groups of people and address them through policies and targeted programs to allow everyone the opportunity to live safe and healthy lives.
Features of the built environment in urban areas can exacerbate health inequities. Limited access to public transit, green public spaces and geographic barriers to necessities such as food, housing and health care have a negative impact on largely low-income or historically disenfranchised communities. Engaging people who experience marginalization to participate fully in planning processes and considering equity in local built environment initiatives are critical to improving public health.
Join moderator Valerie Smith, Director, Programs at Parachute, in conversation with panelists from York University, The Centre for Active Transportation and the City of Surrey to learn more about applying an equity lens to Vision Zero and road safety planning.
Jennie Geleff, Project Manager, The Centre for Active Transportation
Emily McCullogh, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
Shabnem Afzal, Road Safety and Regional Lead, WATT Consulting Group (formerly Vision Zero leader, City of Surrey)