Road safety

The City is committed to making our roads safer for everyone by developing clear local strategies and adopting global best practices.

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a global movement dedicated to eliminating traffic deaths and injuries caused by vehicle crashes, while creating a safe and accessible environment for all.

London City Council has adopted the following Vision Zero principles:

  • no loss of life is acceptable
  • traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable
  • we all make mistakes
  • we are all physically vulnerable when involved in motor vehicle collisions
  • eliminating fatalities and serious injuries is a shared responsibility between road users and those who design and maintain our roadways

Road safety in London 

The City initiates a number of road safety campaigns to take measurable action and implement Vision Zero principals. 

Area speed limits

The City is working to make our streets safer for all road users by lowering speed limits on roads with high pedestrian and cycling usage.

Learn more about area speed limits 

Mind the green

The City is painting some bike lanes green as a way to increase safety. These high-visibility lanes are designed to remind motorists to watch for cyclists and share the road.

Learn more about Mind the green

Red light cameras

Motorists running red lights account for hundreds of collisions each year in our city. Red light cameras are one tool the City uses to help reduce collisions at intersections.

Learn more about red light cameras

Respect the limit

Respect the limit is a campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of driving too fast. 

Lawn signs are available at the main floor of City Hall for residents to place on their front lawns. 

Learn more about respect the limit

Zipper merge

The zipper merge is a late merge strategy where all available lanes of traffic are used right up to the lane closure. Drivers then alternate into the open lane. The zipper merge strategy is most effective when there are high traffic volumes on the road, combined with low average speeds due to congestion.

Learn more about the zipper merge

Student Silhouettes
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An image of the student silhouettes near the sidewalk along a street.

To help promote safe conditions and address driving behaviours in areas where students are often seen walking to and from school, the City of London is installing life-size student silhouettes to heighten drivers’ awareness that they are travelling within a school zone.

Student Silhouettes have been identified as an effective visual tool that reminds drivers to slow down and take extra caution in areas with lots of children.

Signs are placed alongside the road, at school zone entry and exit points. These entry and exit points also mark the beginning and end of the 40km/hr school zone speed limit.

Student Silhouettes are being used as one of many tools to raise awareness of residential speeding in London. Signs will be rotated to a new school zone location every 3 to 4 weeks.

For more information about Student Silhouettes, please contact Mark Ridley at mridley@london.ca or call 519-661-2489 x 4736

Pedestrian crossovers

Pedestrian crossovers are designated areas for pedestrians to safely cross the road while vehicles yield. They have specific pavement markings and crossing signs.

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Image of a Pedestrian Crossover

Pedestrians have the right of way at these crossovers. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until pedestrians completely cross the road before proceeding.

Drivers and cyclists may face a fine in the range of $150 to $500 for not yielding at pedestrian crossovers, and drivers may also face three demerit points.

 

Last modified:Wednesday, November 04, 2020