Sustainable safety: principles, misconceptions, and relations with other visions

In the early 1990s the Sustainable Safety vision was launched in the Netherlands. This vision which was implemented during the following years, and was updated in 2005, has proved to be a success. This fact sheet will explain the basic principles. It will successively go into the goals, man(kind) being the measure, the integrated approach of the traffic elements of man, vehicle, and road, the proactive character, and the five principles which are the vision's basis (functionality, homogeneity, predictability, forgivingness, and state awareness). By emphasizing the infrastructural elaboration of the Sustainable Safety Start-up Programme, the main effects have until now been in that field. However, Sustainable Safety is much more than just infrastructure; this is one of the misconceptions that this fact sheet deals with. We will also discuss the costs and benefits of the Sustainable Safety measures and the measures that are effective in making fallible people relatively safe in traffic. Finally, we will compare sustainable safety with the Swedish Vision Zero and with Shared Space, which is a Dutch traffic concept in spatial planning.


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  • Accession Number: 01385187
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 6:42PM