Vision Zero: A lecture on the future of road safety

Imagine a world with no more loss of life on the roads in and around our cities.

That’s the ambitious vision of the aptly-named Sweden-born movement called Vision Zero. Dr. Matts-Åke Belin has been instrumental in making Sweden a leader in the area of road safety. When Vision Zero first launched in the country in 1997, traffic fatalities happened at a rate of seven deaths per 100,000 people. That number decreased to less than three in 17 years, despite a heavy increase in traffic.

The multi-national road traffic safety project has been gaining traction across the world with cities in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States jumping on board. Parachute is happy to host Vision Zero: A lecture on the future of road safety, a dialogue on leading practices from a pioneer in the field. The purpose is to inspire collective action in Toronto around the future of road safety. Dr. Belin’s learnings are instrumental in envisioning how road safety and urbanism in cities like Toronto.

The presenter is none other than Dr. Matts-Åke Belin, who will describe a brief overview of the development and implementation of Vision Zero in urban environments, as well as lessons learned. Following Dr. Belin’s presentation, attendees are welcome to participate in a question and answer period. 

To attend the event make sure to book your ticket to the free event as soon as possible, as space is limited.

When: December 4, 2015

Where: 545 King Street West, Toronto

Tickets: Reserve your free ticket by visiting our EventBrite page.

Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged.


Parachute is a national charity helping Canadians stop the clock on preventable injuries. The injury impact is staggering. Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of children. Injury costs the Canadian economy $27B each year, and worst of all, one child dies every nine hours. Through education, knowledge and empowerment, Parachute is working to save lives and create an injury-free Canada. For more information, including motor vehicle collisions and pedestrian safety, visit Parachute at, follow them on Twitter, or join them on Facebook.