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Vancouver jumps into action to reduce pedestrian deaths

July 27th, 2011 · 46 Comments

Lots on the table this week, as Vision Vancouver moves to put forward big policy papers and get moving on various hot-spot issues. Pedestrian safety was one of them yesterday, with a raft of new initiatives as a result.

This move to pay attention to pedestrians was kicked off last November (seems to me, partly as a result of the furor over the bike lanes and some criticism that only cyclists and not pedestrians were getting attention from council), with a report due in the spring. It seemed to fade from view, until the toll of pedestrian deaths shot up over the spring months, with several high-profile accidents, especially around Main and Hastings.

As a result, new policy. What I wonder is: What is happening in the suburbs, where there are typically as many or more pedestrian deaths than in Vancouver.


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