Pedestrian safety report takes steps to reduce collisions and improve awareness

July 26, 2011 | Safer Communities

Vancouver City Council today approved a report that will take immediate action to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility in Vancouver.

“Walking is the top priority in the City’s transportation plan, and it’s important that we improve the safety and comfort of our streets and sidewalks for pedestrians,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This report outlines short- and long-term steps the City will take to improve the pedestrian experience in Vancouver, and make our streets safer and more enjoyable for all users.”

The report outlines a number of steps the City is already taking, including the installation of countdown crossing signals at high-collision intersections, as well as speed reader boards at select locations.  Other initiatives approved today include:

  • A safety awareness program this fall in collaboration with ICBC and the VPD. The program will target pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists with the objective of helping people understand that the responsibility for safer streets belongs to everyone.
  • An Active Transportation Advisory Committee to give pedestrians a direct voice on transportation and planning matters. The committee will advise on planning, policy and management issues that support active forms of transportation and promote pedestrian, cycling, and motorist awareness.
  • Continuing development of the Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan,
    which will identify opportunities to improve pedestrian safety through engineering, education and enforcement measures. The plan is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
  • A trial 30 kilometre per hour pedestrian safety zone on Hastings Street between Abbott and Jackson streets. The pedestrian safety zone trial will help address the fact that Main and Hastings has the highest number of pedestrian collisions of any intersection in the city – 46 per cent higher than Broadway and Commercial, the intersection with the second highest number of collisions.

To view the staff presentation to Council please click the link: Improving Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility.

Improving Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility administrative report that went to Council today, please click here.