Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

1,000 Crashes a Day in British Columbia~Time to Get Serious About Stopping Them

Two items from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the provincial Crown Corporation responsible for driver licensing, registration and primary insurance coverage, came out yesterday. If you’ve felt that driving in BC was getting a bit more dangerous, you’re right. ICBC has confirmed that, in 2017, there were 350,000 crashes province-wide. Think of that…

How do you protect the most vulnerable Street Users~Bollards or Reducing Speed?

In the spring Toronto experienced a horrifying event when a driver took a large vehicle up on the sidewalk in North York and deliberately killed ten people, wounding many others. It is an unspeakable tragedy and loss of life. Out of that horror has come a renewed call for defending urban space, making it safer…

“People protected” Bike lane makes Biking Safer

You have to admire the good folks in Seattle for their approach to making the argument for safe, separated, protected bike lanes. Last week, in order to encourage the development of a continuous separated bikeway, volunteers came out to create a “people protected bikeway”. And they did a very good job, as documented on Twitter….

Free Range Kids Legal in Utah~Should Free Range be Legal Here Too?

  You may remember the story, covered by Price Tags — and many other news outlets, some international — of a Vancouver dad who who was reported to provincial authorities for allowing his kids to use transit to get to school by themselves. (The story stuck, by the way, well before that dad — business owner and affordable housing…

Why Canadian Municipalities Should Reduce Vehicular Speeds NOW

Recently, Walk Metro Vancouver  participated in a CBC Radio “On The Coast” dialogue with CBC’s Michelle Eliot. Karen Reid Sidhu, Executive Director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, joined me in addressing motor vehicle speeds, and the question of why convenience is sometimes viewed as more important than reducing crashes, injury and death on our roads….

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