Vision Zero - Safe Streets for Auckland

Vision Zero - Safe Streets for Auckland

15 November 2017

Lower NZI, AOTEA Centre, Auckland city centre

World renowned road safety strategist Matts-Åke Belin advises the mayor of New York, the UN and the US government on Vision Zero. 
Vision Zero is an approach to road safety that can be summarised in one sentence: no loss of life on the roads is acceptable. It began in Sweden and has grown into a global movement. Well known Vision Zero cities include New York, London, Toronto, Seattle and Portland. 

Along with growth and congestion, Auckland is facing a growing road safety challenge, with road deaths and serious injuries climbing significantly faster than population growth. Road deaths and serious injuries cost an estimated $1.3 billion a year in social costs, which is also the estimated economic cost of congestion each year.

Is there a way through to create safe, more productive roads at the same time? 

Dr Belin will explore why Vision Zero works and what Vision Zero in Auckland could look like. He will share proven road design and engineering solutions that make roads safer and more productive.

Dr Matts-Åke Belin

Senior Policy Advisor, Swedish Transport Administration

Dr Matts-Åke Belin has a long history within the Swedish government and he works primarily with overall safety policies, strategies and collaboration with different stakeholders. In 2007 – 2009 Dr Belin worked for World Health Organization where he participated in the development of global road safety strategies and global partnerships. He has also chaired the technical committee 3.1 on National Road Safety Policies and Programme, World Road Association.Currently, Dr Belin is senior policy adviser at the Swedish Transport Administration and responsible for the development of Vision Zero Academy. He is also affiliated as an adjunct professor at KTH Royal Technology Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Belin is the Swedish delegate in UN Road Safety Collaboration and the international representative at the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing committee ANB 10 Transportation Safety Management. He is also senior policy adviser to the US road to zero coalition 

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