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Crosswalk walk signal at West 10th Ave

How we are improving transportation safety

Fatality rates in Vancouver are low compared to other peer cities, but there is still room for improvement.

What's new

  • Minor amendments to the Street and Traffic Bylaw 2849 and Skateboards in Protected Bike Lanes presented to council in November 2017. View the brief summary  (2.60 MB)
  • Pedestrian signal at Granville and Balfour, installed October 2017
  • Accessible pedestrian signal to assist blind or low vision users crossing at Matheson and SE Marine, installed October 2017

To reach zero traffic related fatalities and injuries, we are:

  • Evaluating hospital and ambulance injury data to understand traffic related serious injuries and make decisions based on that data
  • Identifying priority intersections and corridors
  • Piloting new safety strategies and devices
  • Engaging with the public to travel safely
  • Continuing to work with our safety partners, such as the Vancouver Police Department  (VPD) and the ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) to:
    • Develop targeted enforcement programs to tackle dangerous behaviours at priority locations
    • Inspect commercial vehicles with other municipalities, as well as provincial commercial safety and enforcement agencies
    • Cost share infrastructure upgrades that improve safety through ICBC’s  Road Improvement Program 

New items we are piloting

Currently we are testing three new items, which have shown successful results in other cities. 

Flashing beacons

Flashing beacons are pedestrian-activated, high-intensity amber beacons used to alert drivers to yield to pedestrians at marked crosswalks. There are three locations currently in the pilot.

Accessible pedestrian signals

Accessible pedestrian signals are devices that use audible tones and vibrotactile feedback to guide people who are blind or have low vision as to when they can cross at a signalized intersection. There are four pilot locations, with a new trial location at Hornby/ Helmcken.

Leading pedestrian intervals 

Leading pedestrian intervals provide pedestrians a three to seven second head start when entering an intersection with a green signal in the same direction of travel. There is one pilot location at Davie and Burrard.

Effectiveness of safety upgrades

To help us identify the most successful solutions in reducing traffic related fatalities and injury collisions at priority locations, we assess the effectiveness of safety upgrades that have been implemented in recent years, including actions recommended through the Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan  (8 MB) and Cycling Safety Study  (10 MB).

Pedestrian safety improvements

Cycling safety improvements