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,…

Traffic Calming in the Suburbs of London England

  An interesting way to change the nature of traffic is written in this article by The Standard. Imagine  Walthamstow England (in East London)  which introduced partial road closures along twelve main roads. Traffic which was over 20,000 vehicles per day was cut by 50 per cent. The aim of the project was to reduce short…

When Autonomous Vehicles Kill Pedestrians

  With a death of a pedestrian the seemingly relentless march forward of autonomous vehicles has taken a pause as reported by the New York Times.  From a legislative standpoint autonomous vehicles (AVs) are operating in a piece meal legal environment, and the state of Arizona was an early adopter, inviting these vehicles  to be tested…

Accessibility and Why it Needs to be Embedded in “Walkability”

  There has been a very valuable discussion on Twitter from Ms. Sinenomine about the use of the term “Walkability”. She is well worth a follow, and presents a stalwart and stark view of how the language we use focuses away from the root of accessibility and universal acceptance. She states the obvious: we need to do…

The Day that Sweden Switched~”Dagen H”

Walk Metro Vancouver knows that change is hard. But if you are an entire country and you can educate, plan, and change roads to get folks to drive on the other side, can we not make the same case for a great education, speed, and road design model to make walking safer and more convenient?…