Edmonton's most dangerous pedestrian crossings
60 per cent of pedestrians struck while crossing roads had the right of way
Pedestrian safety has been a hot issue in Edmonton in recent weeks, particularly after a 19-year-old woman was hit by a car crossing Jasper Avenue at 119th Street.
The incident even prompted Mayor Don Iveson to call for a safety review of that crosswalk.
While fewer people are being hurt in vehicle collisions, the number of pedestrians being struck by cars hasn’t changed.
What are the worst intersections for pedestrians?
On average, one person is struck by a car per day in Edmonton. Each year there are different intersections where pedestrians are more likely to be struck.
CBC News took a closer look at some of the statistics when it came to pedestrian vehicle collisions.
Pedestrian are more likely to be struck by vehicles Fridays between 4 and 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, 60 per cent of pedestrians struck while crossing the road had the right of way. Only 14 per cent did not and the remaining 26 per cent were people running onto the road, or getting in and out of a vehicle.
Last year, 144th Avenue and 66th Street was the top intersection for pedestrian vehicle collisions in Edmonton. Five people were hit there, despite a marked crosswalk and pedestrian activated signals.
Stevanus Tjandra, with the city’s office of traffic safety, said pedestrian safety is a priority.
“Even one fatality, one injury is a concern for us,” said Tjandra. “We keep trying to improve, and that’s a matter of priority and budgets we can utilize to improve, because many locations we do need to improve.”
A report is on intersection safety is expected to come before city council in the fall.