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Vancouver pedestrian safety progress through partnerships

March 6 2014

“The City of Vancouver works closely with our partners to identify appropriate steps to improve pedestrian safety and make our streets safer for everyone through engineering, enforcement and education,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Pedestrians crossing the street with assistive devices

Today, we stood with our partners in pedestrian safety to highlight the progress we've made over the past year and to remind you to be aware of safe behaviour whether you’re walking, biking, or driving.

How we are improving pedestrian safety

Engineering improvements made by the City have included pedestrian safety measures such as countdown timers, LED lighting, left turn changes, and slower walk speeds.

Improving pedestrian safety through partnerships

Through the City’s partnerships with the VPD, ICBC, and Vancouver Coastal Health, pedestrian safety continues to improve in Vancouver, with the number of pedestrian crashes and fatalities trending downwards in the past 10 years.

“The City of Vancouver works closely with our partners to identify appropriate steps to improve pedestrian safety and make our streets safer for everyone through engineering, enforcement, and education,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City’s focus is on engineering improvements, and to date 30 out of the 44 priority locations throughout Vancouver have received safety upgrades.

“Vancouver was named the most walkable city in Canada by Walkscore, but we can do better. Our goal is to have zero pedestrian fatalities, and we’re going to continue to invest in making our streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians of all ages.”

“I would ask that we learn to see eye-to-eye on this issue and I mean that literally,” said Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu. “We can save lives if drivers and cyclists make eye contact with pedestrians and pedestrians look into the eyes of the driver or cyclist who is about to cross their path.”

“We’re proud to work in partnership with municipalities and the provincial government on road improvements to help make roads safer,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s Director of Road Safety. “Everyone benefits from road improvements – from drivers to pedestrians – because safer roads mean fewer crashes, which also translates into lower claim costs.”

"Vancouver is a great walking city. Walking is the best preventive medicine we can take, and we are very happy to see all these improvements the City has made to make walking in Vancouver even safer," said Dr. John Carsley, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health.

2012 Pedestrian Safety Study

The 2012 Pedestrian Safety Study provided an in-depth analysis of all reported crashes involving pedestrians in Vancouver between 2005 and 2010, and reviewed the where, when, who, and how of crashes involving pedestrians.

Expected completion of safety improvements at priority intersections

The City will complete pedestrian safety improvements at the remaining priority intersections by the end of 2014.

Find out more about the Pedestrian Safety Study

Learn more about the City’s Transportation 2040 Plan

Dunsmuir bike lane, © Paul Krueger

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.