Staff presented an update to Council yesterday on the Transportation 2040 Plan and specifically addressed the goal to have zero transportation fatalities. Transportation 2040 is a long-term strategic vision for the city that guides transportation, land use decisions, and public investments for the years ahead.
The update showed that, Vancouver saw a decrease in pedestrian, cycling and vehicle fatalities. Engineering improvements made by the City included pedestrian safety measures such as new countdown timers, LED lighting, left turn changes, and slower walk speeds. Recent upgrades have seen significant improvements, with new pedestrian signals reporting a 96% decrease in collisions, left turn arrows a 38% decrease, and LED lighting reporting a 27% decrease.
“The City of Vancouver works closely with our partners to improve pedestrian safety and make our streets safer for everyone through engineering, enforcement and education,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver was named the most walkable city in Canada by Walkscore, but we can do better. Our goal is to have zero traffic fatalities, and we’re going to continue to invest in making our streets and sidewalks safer.”
Recommendations to Council included:
- Accessible pedestrian signals developed in consultation with the Canadian National Institute For The Blind and Access for Sight-Impaired Consumers
- Leading Pedestrian Intervals
- Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
- Continue to work with Vancouver Police to develop targeted enforcement programs to tackle dangerous behaviors at priority locations
- Annual reports to council on progress and activities
With the implementation of these recommendations, staff expect to see a further 15-20% reduction in fatal injury collisions, taking Vancouver another step closer to meeting its zero fatality goal.
To read the Transportation 2040 strategy, visit http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/transportation-2040.aspx