Encouraging active transportation for children

Active transportation – such as waking, biking and wheeling – are sustainable forms of mobility that not only gets us to where we want to go, but also improve our physical and mental wellbeing.

Join moderator Pamela Fuselli, President & CEO of Parachute, as we discuss how to create and sustain active spaces for children to get to and from school and move though their communities safely.

Dr. Leigh Vanderloo  
Scientific Director

Dr. Alison Macpherson
Faculty of Health
York University

Dr. Suzanne Beno
Paediatric Emergency Medicine physician
Hospital for Sick Children

Cycling in Canada: Pedalling toward sustainable climate action and Vision Zero

Parachute and moderator Dr. Linda Rothman, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University, in conversation with panellists from Velo Canada Bikes and Ecology Action Centre.

In this webinar, you’ll hear from Brian Pincott, Executive Director, Velo Canada Bikes, about the new National Active Transportation Strategy and the need for safe and accessible cycling as a transportation option. Pincott will also discuss cycling in the context of new Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, and Vision Zero.

Anika Riopel, Sustainable Transportation Co-ordinator, Ecology Action Centre, will talk about cycling and the role it plays in creating sustainable cities and addressing climate change. Riopel will also share information about their projects to make cycling and sustainable transportation decisions easy. The webinar will include a facilitated Q&A session.

Brian Pincott
Executive Director
Velo Canada Bikes

Anika Riopel
Sustainable Transportation Co-ordinator
Ecology Action Centre

Sponsored by Desjardins

Taking Action: The Global Plan for the New Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 (2022)

This free webinar provides an overview of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2021-2030, shares the regional call to action for Canada and discusses next steps. We also share information about the upcoming #CommitToAct 2022 campaign, running from May 16 to 20, and discuss the role NGOs, local government and other stakeholders can play to encourage their government leaders to make specific, meaningful commitments to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.

The Global Plan for the New Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030: What You Need to Know (2021)

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 has been proclaimed by a UN General Assembly Resolution with a target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2030, recognizing the gravity of this global issue.

The Decade of Action is underpinned by the Global Plan, launched Oct. 28, 2021, which aims to inspire and guide national and local government, as well other stakeholders who can influence road safety. Those include civil society, academia, the private sector, donors, community and youth leaders, and other stakeholders as they develop supporting national and local action plans and targets. Through advocating for the Safe Systems Approach and providing recommendations based on best practices and research, the plan is an important resource both within Canada and abroad.

The webinar will provide an overview of the Global Plan, including three parts of road safety action: what to do, how to do it and who does it. Panelists will also discuss how road safety needs to be integrated into other policy agendas such as climate action and equity, to increase its reach and influence. The webinar will also refer to Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025.

Perceptions of Vision Zero in Canada (2020)

Join Parachute’s President and CEO, Pamela Fuselli, in conversation with a panel of journalists from across Canada to discuss perceptions of road safety in our communities and Vision Zero measures being implemented by Canadian jurisdictions. Are they working? Do people think they’re working? Panel: Jason Magder, transportation reporter, Montreal Gazette; Elizabeth Payne, reporter, Ottawa Citizen; Ben Spurr, transportation reporter, Toronto Star; Jason Tchir, freelance journalist and columnist, Vancouver, B.C. Note this is an audio-only recording.

Why are cars made to go that fast? Speeding and road safety during COVID-19 (2020)

Join Parachute’s President and CEO, Pamela Fuselli, in conversation with a panel of experts to discuss the road safety and public health concerns due to the recent spike in speeding and stunt driving on now-emptier roads across Canada, the reasons why drivers speed, and what we can do about it. Panel: Ken Lindhardsen, Vice-President of Accident Benefits and Benefits and Bodily Injury for Desjardins; David Mele, Product Planning Manager at Volvo Cars Canada; Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division; Dr. Christine Wickens, Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Imagining Car Use and Road Safety Post COVID-19 (2020)

Parachute’s President and CEO, Pamela Fuselli, discusses with a panel of experts to discuss international examples such as Milan’s proposal to permanently reallocate street space from cars to cycling and walking following the COVID-19 crisis, what this could look like in a Canadian context and how we can all advocate for changes. Panelists include: Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President at the Urban Land Institute, Building Healthy Places Initiative Washington, DC; Robin Mazumder, Vanier Scholar and Urban Neuroscientist, Waterloo ON; and Craig Milligan, Road Safety Engineer and CEO at MicroTraffic, Winnipeg MN

Thinking Differently – A look at Canadian cities’ immediate response to COVID-19 to make space for social distancing (2020)

Parachute’s President and CEO, Pamela Fuselli, discusses with a panel of experts the current and next phase of Canadian road use post-COVID-19 as restrictions are lifted. Panelists include: Bartek Komorowski, Planning Advisor, Road Safety and Human Behaviour, Ville de Montréal; Linda Rothman, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University, Toronto; and Brent Toderian, Urban design and planning consultant, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, Vancouver

COVID-19, Safer Roads and Urban Planning (2020)

Jennifer Keesmaat, former Toronto chief city planner, and Oliver Moore, urban affairs reporter at the Globe and Mail, discuss safe streets and urban planning in the context of COVID-19 and the lessons that we can learn from it. Facilitated by Pamela Fusell, President and CEO, Parachute.

Vision Zero in Canada (2019)

Parachute Interim CEO, Pamela Fuselli, speaks about Vision Zero in Canada as keynote speaker at the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals conference in Calgary (30 minutes).

Distracted Driving: Changing the Culture (2018)

A Vision Zero panel discussion held at Espace Desjardins, Montreal. A panel of experts discuss the dangers of distracted driving and what is being done to counter it (60 minutes).

A panel discussion on Safe School Zones: Vision Zero neighbourhood by neighbourhood (2018)

This moderated discussion features four panelists filmed at the Children’s Safety Village in Oakville. The discussion explores: What does a Safe School Zone look like under the Vision Zero framework? Can it work in your community? What are some of the issues and solutions around collision prevention in school zones? (50 minutes)

Interview with Heather Woods Fry from Traffic Injury Research Foundation (2018)

Parachute’s Matt Aymar interviews Heather Woods Fry with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation about their newly launched Drug-Impaired Driving Learning Centre, sponsored by State Farm Insurance (10 minutes).

The Parachute Vision Zero Network 2nd Annual Summit (2017)

This video promotes Parachute Vision Zero Network’s 2nd Annual Summit (October 16-17, 2017), a two day conference that brings together grassroots organizations, enforcement, public health professionals and researchers to discuss the implementation of Vision Zero (two minutes).

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt describes how the OPP uses data (2017)

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt from the Ontario Provincial Police discusses collision statistics in Ontario and how enforcement uses data to allocate resources (two minutes).