Strong response to Fredericton pedestrian survey
More than 700 people have responded to an online survey about pedestrian safety commissioned by the City of Fredericton following several accidents and near-misses.
The survey asked participants to highlight problem areas in the city, and offer possible solutions.
Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside said he's encouraged by the large response, but he said it will be a challenge to find fixes.
"We really can't let our guard down in terms of what we're doing for pedestrian safety, particularly in the downtown, where I guess we want our cake and eat it too," he said.
"We want to maintain that small town ambiance, where people actually can walk and feel safe, and that has to be addressed, I just don't want to lose that."
The survey, which was commissioned in December, will be released as part of a larger report on improving pedestrian safety next month, Woodside said.
On Sept. 26, Nerida Gleason, 67, died of injuries she sustained the previous day when she was hit by a car while in her motorized wheelchair on Smythe Street.
A 52-year-old man was struck and killed on Sept. 7 while crosing the downtown intersection at the corner of Brunswick and York streets.
On Aug. 29, 2009, Dianne Trottier, 33, was crossing the intersection at Regent and Beaverbrook streets in her motorized wheelchair when she was killed in a hit-and-run collision.