Pedestrian deaths dominate Vancouver traffic fatalities
Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:19 AM PT
Last Updated: Dec 5, 2012 8:06 PM PT
Vancouver Police Department records show more pedestrians die on city streets than any other road user, and city hall is looking to do something about it.
The records show in each of the past five years, more pedestrians have been killed in Vancouver than drivers, passengers, cyclists, and motorcyclists combined.
The same is true so far in 2012. Out of 19 traffic fatalities in Vancouver since January, 11 have been pedestrians, including a fatal hit and run in East Vancouver on Sunday.
In another incident last week, a 19-year-old woman was killed and a 21-year-old man was seriously injured when they were struck by an SUV while crossing the street in East Vancouver.
ICBC says the number of accidents involving pedestrians jumps 80 per cent in November and December compared to July and August.
Corporation road safety director John Dickinson says drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop for pedestrians, while those on foot should use designated crosswalks, make eye contact with drivers and wear reflective clothing whenever possible.
Upgrades in the budget
Meanwhile pedestrian crossings in Vancouver could be getting upgrades if city councillors approve a two per cent property tax increase proposed last night.
The city's 2013 budget was presented at city hall on Tuesday night. Coun. Heather Deal says the new budget allocates about $1 million for new pedestrian or bicycle signals and slightly less for new sidewalk construction.
"How will that apply to the count-down clocks, which are so popular, curb cuts for accessibility as well as safety for pedestrians and others and crosswalk design … is a very top of mind issue for many of us right now."
The city's general manger of engineering Peter Judd says staff will review crossing times and look to improve lighting at intersections.A 19-year-old woman was killed and a 21-year-old man was seriously injured when they were struck by an SUV while crossing the street in East Vancouver last month. (CBC)
"There are certain intersections where we need to do some work to see if there's lighting that would have a benefit."
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu says the force is also looking to crack down on dangerous drivers.
"There are some drivers who are reckless in what they are doing and having a strong enforcement level out there will help decrease the probability of that kind of driving."
Chu may get some help with that; the city also wants to spend $2 million to hire 40 new community safety officers.With files from the CBC's Lisa Johnson and The Canadian Press
Latest British Columbia News Headlines
- Retired police officer killed in Mexico remembered as animal lover
- A CFL player says a Vancouver woman killed in Mexico earlier this week will be remembered as a loving and generous person who loved animals. more »
- Body found inside burning van in East Vancouver
- Police are investigating after a man's body was found inside a burning van in East Vancouver Saturday morning. more »
- Protesters march against GMO giant Monsanto in 430 cities
- Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across Canada, the U.S. and in dozens of other countries Saturday. more »
- Hundreds come out for Abbotsford's first pride march
- About two hundred people came out on Saturday for the first ever Fraser Valley Pride parade in Abbotsford, B.C., a city with deep religious roots. more »
Top News Headlines
- Toronto mayor's brother says he never dealt drugs
- The brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has vehemently denied allegations in Saturday's Globe and Mail that he was involved in the illicit drug trade in the 1980s. more »
- Hockey Canada votes to ban bodychecking in peewee hockey
- Hockey Canada's board of directors voted to eliminate bodychecking from peewee-level hockey on Saturday in Charlottetown. more »
- Neil Macdonald: How serious is Obama about curbing the drone surge?
- In a key speech this week, the U.S. president set out a host of supposed new safeguards for America's controversial practice of remote-controlled rough justice. But as Neil Macdonald writes, the underlying rationale for drone use has not fundamentally changed. more »
- Ontario man lost in Australian mountains has survival skills
- The sister of an Ontario man who disappeared in Australia's Snowy Mountains nearly two weeks ago says she remains hopeful he will be found, partly because of his training as a Canadian Forces reservist. more »
- McDonald's CEO chastised by 9-year-old B.C. girl
- Dog snared on baited hooks near Vancouver's Grouse Grind trail
- UBC student took 'nose dive into water' after bridge collapse
- Motorists warned to avoid Washington bridge collapse area
- Body found inside burning van in East Vancouver
- Vancouver man abandons Porsche on B.C. ferry
- VIDEO: Cruise ship chaos kicks off season in Vancouver
- Railway conduit planned to ship oilsands bitumen
- Washington police blame bridge collapse on Alberta trucker