With human error a major factor, the Vision Zero for serious or fatal incidents will be based upon creating a safe system for the city’s road network, involving a range of measures including safety cameras.
Glasgow City Council has introduced a road safety strategy with a target of zero fatalities or serious injuries on city roads by 2030.
The council reports that road safety in the city has been steadily improving over the past decade with the number killed or seriously injured in general decline. But in 2019 nine people died and 160 were seriously injured as a consequence of road traffic collisions.
“Failed to look” by both drivers or riders and pedestrians is the most common cause for collisions but while the occupants of cars represent the largest overall number of casualties from road incidents, pedestrians, and in particular older pedestrians, are most vulnerable to serious injury or fatality.
The city’s Vision Zero strategy for serious or fatal incidents will be based upon creating a “safe system” for the city’s road network that is designed to minimise the likelihood of collisions occurring but also reduce the consequences of such events when they do happen.
A city wide 20mph speed limit would be central to creating a shift to more people using sustainable forms of transport but also through pursing the development of low traffic neighbourhoods.
“To build healthier, more active communities, it is essential that we design streets for people rather than traffic. Introducing a city-wide 20 mph speed limit will be a crucial element of creating a safer roads environment”
“Road collisions have an immeasurable impact on those directly involved, but also create a significant financial impact on public services. But concerns about road safety can also deter people from walking, cycling, or spending time outdoors,” said councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction.
“To build healthier, more active communities, it is essential that we design streets for people rather than traffic. Introducing a city-wide 20 mph speed limit will be a crucial element of creating a safer roads environment. Slowing vehicle speed opens up opportunities for people to walk and cycle more often, which in turn improves the environment we all live in.”
The new road safety plan, which runs until 2030, was presented before the council’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Policy Development Committee. The strategy was developed in partnership with Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.
In the plan it is identified that 92 per cent of collisions occurred within a 30mph limit, 73 per cent of collisions occurred in fine weather and 18 per cent in rain, 70 per cent of collisions occurred in light conditions and 30 per cent in the dark. Two-thirds (31 per cent) of collisions involved pedestrians and 63 per cent of collisions occurred at a junction (various types). In contrast 70 per cent of cycling casualties occurred at a junction and 86 per cent involve a car.
Glasgow has 82 20mph zones covering 288km of roads, including the city centre. Analysis of the police database shows that, in total, there has been a 31 per cent reduction in the number of casualties within these zones since their introduction.