Vulnerable Road Users
Vulnerable road users—typically including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists—suffer disproportionate adverse consequences from motor vehicle collisions. BCIRPU’s Injury Insight highlights incidence statistics for the years 2009-2013; reviews contributing factors and best practices to prevent collisions and includes a list of related resources.
Speed reduction is an important factor in overall pedestrian safety. A pedestrian struck by a car traveling at 50 km/hr is eight times more likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck at 30 km/hr. Even small reductions in speed can be significant. For each 1.6 km/hr reduction in average speed, collisions are reduced by five per cent. Reducing vehicle speed has been proven to be effective in preventing crashes and reducing the severity of injuries. At a speed of 30km/hr, vehicles and pedestrians are both relatively safe; drivers have sufficient time to stop for pedestrians and pedestrians can make better crossing decisions.
Additional resources on traffic calming are available at the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.
Safe Kids Week is an annual public awareness campaign designed to raise awareness about the frequency and severity of preventable childhood injuries, which are the leading cause of death amongst Canadian children. Parachute invites partners from across the country to participate in Parachute’s Safe Kids Week May 4-10, 2015. The Safe Kids Week theme for 2015 is promotion and awareness of cycling and road safety in communities across Canada. It aligns with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week theme of children as vulnerable road users. Please see the link for Parachute’s Safe Kids Week resources for 2015. You are welcome to download and use these free resources in your communities to execute activites around cycling and road safety!