Comment 114234

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 13, 2015 at 10:07:38 in reply to Comment 114231

Can you provide some analysis of the significance? What data are you looking at?

In the 13 year period from 1998 to 2010, our motor vehicle collisions killed killed 61 pedestrians and injured 3,233. That's about 5 pedestrian deaths and 250 pedestrian injuries every year. The total number of deaths and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions per year is roughly 20 deaths and 2900 injuries. This means that about 25% of all deaths are pedestrians while only 9% of injuries are.

This is pretty clear demonstration that pedestrians are vulnerable road users and the engineering of our streets needs to take this vulnerability into account as a limiting factor. Note that the number of deaths from motor vehicle collisions is roughly twice the number of homicides ... and we take homicides pretty seriously!

These statistics are very far from the "Vision Zero" that more progressive municipalities have as their goal for road safety.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-10-13 10:10:17

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