Peter G. Furth, professor Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, asked me to help him create a video to explain the Dutch system that aims to make the streets in the Netherlands safer. We call it “Duurzaam Veilig”, which is generally translated as “Sustainable Safety”, but Professor Furth coined the new phrase “Systematic Safety”, which, he feels, better explains the policy. He also links it to “Vision Zero”.
There was not supposed to be a post this week, as announced earlier, there will be some changes at this blog. To remedy my chronic time shortage, I had two options. I could either reduce the quality of my posts, or I could reduce the frequency of my posts. I have chosen for the latter. So, in 2017, there will only be a new post every other week. A new countdown in the right column informs you about the next post. But having longer intervals does give me room for alternative posts and this can be one of them. It doesn’t mean there will always be ‘something’ in the weeks without an ordinary post, but you are lucky that in the first ‘post-less’ week there is a video to show you.
Some of you had already found it. Professor Peter Furth published the link to the video on his own webpage at Northeastern University and that was soon mentioned on Twitter quite some times. Peter Furth showed the video we created together at a policy briefing to Boston’s City Council’s committee on Parks, Recreation, and Transportation, last Thursday, January 5th, in one of the meetings of the series “Let’s talk transportation policy!”
If the U.S. improved safety to the standards in the Netherlands, 20,000 lives would be saved
Toole Design Group
I had already tried to explain “Duurzaam Veilig” myself in a post five years ago. What follows is the explanation for a – mainly American – audience in the video written and narrated by Professor Peter Furth, and (mostly*) filmed and edited by me, Mark Wagenbuur.
* Some of the footage was shot by summer school students of 2016. Peter Furth has come to the Netherlands with a class of (mostly) civil engineer students for a number of years now, to teach them about Dutch urban design.