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How Vancouver is Working to Keep Pedestrians Safe

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Vancouver is attempting to walk itself green. By 2020, Vancouver hopes to be the Greenest City in the world. That is a big goal, and encouraging walking is a pillar of the green-city plan. By 2020, Vancouver hopes that over 50 percent of the trips done in the city will be done on foot, bicycle, or public transportation.

Our city is already on its way to reaching this lofty goal. At last count, the walkable city of Vancouver was second only to Boston in walkability.

However, if our fair city is going reach its green goal, officials know that their pedestrian safety initiatives have to be on point. It is Vancouver's responsibility to make the changes needed to accommodate a new generation of walkers.

Pedestrian Safety Initiatives in Vancouver

If the city of Vancouver expects to encourage people to leave the car at home and hoof it, they know that they must address pedestrian safety. While Vancouver is a relatively safe place to walk, there are still too many walkers being hit by vehicles. To help better understand what makes a safer walk to work, the city of Vancouver performed an extensive pedestrian safety study. This study found that the most effective pedestrian safety measures were: 

  • Intersection safety cameras
  • Pedestrian countdown timers
  • Speed reader boards
  • Corner bugles

Among these safety measures, pedestrian countdown timers are the most effective in terms of both cost and ability to prevent accidents. The cost for putting in countdown timers for pedestrians is rated as "moderate to low". Because of this, and because of its relative effectiveness, the city has been working to add the signals to more intersections. The hope is that this will help prevent pedestrian accidents, the vast majority of which occur at intersections.

Dedicated to Your Safety

Our attorneys often represent pedestrians who have been hit by a car in Delta, Surrey, and across BC. We have seen the damage that cars can do, and know that more often than not, it was the driver who is responsible for the accident—not the walker.

Because of this, we strive to provide both drivers and pedestrians with the information they need to keep themselves, and others, safe. To this end, we have created the free book, Pedestrian Safety Manual—Don’t Cross the Street Until You've Read This Report.

We hope that it will help keep you and your family safe as you strike out across the city on foot. Walk safe, BC!