Paint and Bollards and Presto~Traffic Calming!

We’re seeing more and more examples of cities and neighbourhood groups just getting it done on streets with cans of good latex paint. There is absolutely no doubt that paint is the most inexpensive way to change the nature of the street, expand pedestrian refuge areas, and make crosswalks more visible for pedestrians and vehicles…

Giving Pedestrians the “Green Man” Priority in London

As part of Mayor Kahn’s plan to increase daily walking trips in London from 6 million to 7 million by 2041,  the City of London is looking at how to make walking safer, comfortable and more convenient for walkers.  While adjusting signals to give pedestrian more “green man” time at signalized intersections,  staff will also…

The Safest Country? It has Universal Speed Enforcement!

      Walk Metro Vancouver has just returned from a week in Switzerland driving across the country. There is a major difference in driving in Switzerland~speed cameras are everywhere~on local streets, at the entrances to small towns, and on every major highway. The fines for speeding are steep~drive 6 to 10 km/h over the speed…

Halloween, November and the Winter Pedestrian Danger Months

                        This time of year is also the danger zone for pedestrians. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) observes that November, December, and January are months when vehicles crash into pedestrians, with dusk being the worst time. Even more sobering 75 per cent…

Increasing Speeds on B.C. Highways Caused More Road Deaths

Image: CBC Increasing speed limits on several British Columbia highways caused  carnage and a higher accident rate and was a  failed experiment of the previous Liberal Provincial government. It has  already been written about the 118 percent increase in road deaths and 43 percent increase in vehicular claims received by ICBC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia….

Do Flags at Intersections Makes the Streets Safer? Halifax Thinks So.

From Halifax Nova Scotia,  The Globe and Mail reports on the “Crosswalk Safety Society” that are placing “high-visibility flags” on crosswalks where there are no crossing lights and no safety features. While staff at the Halifax Regional Municipality urged Council to get rid of these flags and create safer pedestrian crossings, council voted to continue with the…

San Francisco Shrinks Fire Trucks as a Response to Vision Zero

  In designing streets for all users and throating down vehicular traffic people often ask if emergency vehicles and fire trucks can navigate the newly designed spaces easily and quickly. There are approved geometric design guides, as well as software programs to ensure that these vehicles can manoeuvre more constricted spaces easily. And now all…

Navigational Apps Turning Quiet Walking Streets into Carmegeddon

  You may relate to this. In a Delta neighbourhood there is a  residential street that  is the shortest distance between two arterial roads, favoured by GPS apps, tradesmen and taxis and is a block shorter for arterial short-cutting  cars.There are no sidewalks, no indication that pedestrians are walking on the street which includes a…

Putting Alarms on Pedestrians to make Autonomous Vehicles “Safer”

  It is really hard to believe that a group of researchers would be examining this issue, and even harder to fathom that Elsevier chooses to advance this through their social media and on-line presence.  But here it is~in this article by several French researchers at the aptly named “French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport,…