Last week was a deadly one on the roads for Metro Vancouver, with two pedestrian fatalities.
But a new motion from one Vancouver city Councillor is hoping to make that a thing of the past.
Heather Deal is will put a motion to council this week asking staff to come up with a plan to get the city to zero traffic fatalities a year.
Vancouver has been aiming for the zero goal since 2012, having included it in the city’s Transportation 2040 plan. But Deal says this is about getting serious about reaching it.
“There’s no number of fatalities or serious injuries that’s okay. So the goal has to be zero. And I think we can get there, but we have to put a very focused effort that, and that’s what we’re hoping to do now, is really put resources towards making sure people are safe, and then reverse engineering that to see what we have to do to get to that place.”
She’s asking staff to look to other cities to come up with a plan that combines more enforcement and education with changes to the roads themselves.
“The mode share has switched more and more from cars to pedestrians, cycling, and transit. That means we have to design our streets differently. And in fact we have to redesign our streets and reengineer our streets and our sidewalks.”
Deal says that could include more ideas like the city’s new rapid flashing beacon crosswalks.
She’s asking staff to come back with ideas that could be put in place by this summer, along with longer term projects.