In his session Vision Zero in Human Terms, David will connect delegates back to the personal importance of Vision Zero through his devastating experience of loss. David shares the steps that need to be taken to ensure more lives are not lost on our roads.

About David

After the tragic loss of his wife in a pedestrian/vehicle collision, David will be telling the story of how her death could have been prevented and the steps that need to be taken to ensure more lives are not lost on our roads.

David Stark is a co-founder of Friends and Families for Safe Streets (FFSS) in Toronto. He is a member of the FFSS Steering Committee, serves as a facilitator of its peer support group and is an activist for better laws and street design to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

On November 6, 2014, David’s wife, Erica, was standing on a sidewalk when she was struck and killed by a careless driver. The couple’s three young sons — 11, 9 and 6 at the time — learned of the dreadful news when they got home from school.

In recognition of his vocal advocacy for safe streets, CBC Metro Morning, Toronto’s most popular morning radio show, named David the 2016 Torontonian of the Year.