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.
Pedestrian and Cyclist safety
Speed reduction is an important factor in overall pedestrian and cyclist safety. A vulnerable road user struck by a car traveling at 50 km/hr is eight times more likely to be killed than if 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 and through the BC Road Safety Toolkit.