Safest year on record so far for pedestrians in Vancouver

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Vancouver Pedestrian Safety

Vancouver’s streets are the safest they’ve been for pedestrians in almost a century, according to new data.

2014 is shaping up to have the fewest incidents involving pedestrians since the Vancouver Police Department first began collecting data in the 1930s, says the Mayor’s office.

Specifically, thus far in 2014 there has been only one pedestrian fatality in the city of Vancouver compared to seven in 2013, and overall traffic fatalities down to five at this point from 14 the same time last year.

Mayor Gregor Robertson is pleased with the data. “While even one incident is too many, it’s incredibly positive news to see that our streets are becoming significantly safer for pedestrians,” he said.

In March, the City announced they were busy installing brighter street lights at key intersections to help improve pedestrian visibility.

Pedestrian safety has been a significant focal point for the city council. Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 Plan includes a goal of zero pedestrian fatalities.

Featured image: Tobisas/Shutterstock

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