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Pedestrian Safety

An average of 11 pedestrians lost their lives each year between 2005 and 2010 in Vancouver. Given their vulnerability, pedestrians represent about 53% of the total collision fatalities and, tragically, most incidents were preventable.

An analysis shows the actions of the pedestrians as the primary causal factor in approximately 50% of the incidents* and it is imperative that pedestrians realize their actions may be putting them at risk.

The Traffic Section of the Vancouver Police Department is embarking on a pedestrian safety awareness campaign with the primary goal of reducing the number of pedestrians involved in collisions.

* 2005 to 2009 police reported incidents

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

2005

20

7

5

3

1

36

2006

11

6

6

0

2

25

2007

14

5

1

4

1

25

2008

11

3

1

3

1

19

2009

10

2

1

3

0

16

2010

6

2

0

1

1

10

2011

9

1

2

1

0

13

Total

81

26

16

15

6

144

Total %

56%

18%

11%

10%

4%

 

(source: Vancouver Police Traffic Section)

More Statistics

2011 Map - Pedestrian Fatals

Pedestrian Safety Related Links

ICBC

BCAA

Safe Kids Canada

Sesame Street

Canada Safety Council

 

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