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Pedestrian Safety

An average of seven pedestrians lost their lives in a motor vehicle collision between 2010 and 2014 in the City of Vancouver. In 2014, pedestrians represented 36% of the total collision fatalities.

The Vancouver Police Department, Traffic Section continues to embark on pedestrian safety awareness campaigns with the primary goal of reducing the number of pedestrians involved in collisions.

Vancouver Police Pedestrian Safety Video

 

What Can You Do to Keep Pedestrians Out of Harm's Way?

If You’re a Pedestrian:

  • make eye contact with approaching drivers and / or cyclists
  • use designated crossing points
  • obey the traffic signals - only enter the intersection if the pedestrian signal is being displayed and it is safe for you to do so
  • don’t presume that drivers see you - wear reflective clothing at night if possible

If You’re a Driver:

  • make eye contact with pedestrians
  • yield to pedestrians that are on the roadway
  • watch for pedestrians at intersections, especially when making left and right turns
  • expect the unexpected – a vehicle stopping in a lane beside you may be yielding to a pedestrian crossing the road
  • obey traffic signals

If You’re a Cyclist:

  • make eye contact with pedestrians
  • yield to pedestrians
  • follow all rules of the road - bicycles are vehicles, too
  • don’t ride on sidewalks – stay to the right hand side of the roadway or in designated lanes
  • have a bicycle bell on you bicycle to warn approaching pedestrians and other road users

Breakdown of Recent Number of Fatalities in Vancouver

Vancouver Collision Fatalities by Road Users Groups

Year

Pedestrians

Drivers

Passengers

Motorcyclists

Cyclists

Year Total

2010

5

2

1

1

1

10

2011

9

1

2

1

0

13

2012

11

2

3

2

1

19

2013

8

1

2

3

2

16

2014

4

3

3

1

0

11

Total

37

9

11

8

4

69

(source: Vancouver Police Traffic Section)

More Statistics

2011 Map - Pedestrian Fatals

 

Pedestrian Injury Collision in Vancouver

 

Total Vancouver Collisions

 

Pedestrian Safety Related Links

ICBC

BCAA

Safe Kids Canada

Sesame Street

Canada Safety Council

 

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