Have your say to transform road safety in Leeds

We’ve launched a public consultation on the draft Leeds Safer Roads Vision Zero 2040 strategy, which aims to transform road safety in our city.

This is your chance to shape our ambitious plans to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on roads in Leeds.

To have your say, visit leedssaferroadsvisionzero.commonplace.is/

What is the draft Leeds Safer Roads Vision Zero 2040 strategy?

Vision Zero is a ground-breaking approach to reducing road danger, based on the ethical position that nobody should die or suffer serious injury when walking, cycling, riding, or driving on the roads.

The strategy, developed by the Leeds Safer Roads Partnership, is made up of five ‘Safe System pillars’ to comprehensively address road danger. These are:

  • Safe Behaviours and People – encouraging behaviours that help to keep all road-users safe, focusing on preventing speeding, seatbelt offences, drink and drug driving, and distraction.
  • Safe Speeds – stopping people driving at illegal, dangerous and inappropriate speeds through street design, targeted enforcement, reviewing speed limits and education campaigns.
  • Safe Roads – designing streets that put the needs of people above those of vehicles. That means creating streets that are safer for active travel, such as walking and cycling, and reducing the likelihood and severity of collisions.
  • Safe Vehicles – raising awareness about responsibility for roadworthy vehicles, enforcing offences and considering how technology and design features can help to prevent crashes.
  • Post-collision Learning and Care – raising awareness of support services, improving understanding of road danger and advocating for justice for road-crash victims.

The Safe System model considers the broader context of road safety and advocates for systemic change. While all road users will be encouraged to behave safely and legally, responsibility will also sit with those who plan and manage the transport system.

The strategy reflects the Highway Code’s hierarchy of road users, which prioritises pedestrians and cyclists, and states that road users who can do the greatest harm to others have a greater responsibility to behave safely.

How to get involved

Two public consultation events are taking place so you can ask questions and learn more:

  • Drop-in event: Tuesday 22 March, 12pm – 5:30pm at Leeds Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Ls2 7HY
  • Online webinar: Friday 25 March, 12pm – 1pm

To find out more and have your say, visit leedssaferroadsvisionzero.commonplace.is/.

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