For Immediate Release | August 22, 2017
City Receives Award for Innovation in Traffic Safety
Award presented by Vision Zero Advocate Institute on August 10, 2017
The City of St. Albert has won the 2017 “Most Innovative Municipality” award for traffic safety, from the Vision Zero Advocate Institute. The award was presented to City staff on August 10, 2017 at the International Conference on Transportation in Banff, Alberta.
The Vision Zero Advocate Institute Awards are for communities who showcase dedication to safety, innovation and achieving a world with zero traffic fatalities. St. Albert was acknowledged for its efforts to improve traffic safety through initiatives such as:
- Safe Journeys to School Program – The City’s Action Plan involves retrofitting existing school zone crosswalks, drop-off zones and bus bays, as well as school zone traffic calming and signage upgrades. These actions will continue until 2021.
- Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements – Custom fluorescent yellow road markings were used matching the colour of the enhanced pedestrian crossing signs. Overhead Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons were also installed to operate as warning flashers to show a pedestrian is onsite and wants to cross the road.
- Increased traction material at arterial intersections – Material placed along four key intersections on St. Albert Trail increased the traction of the roadway surface to reduce stopping distances of vehicles.
- Road corridor safety enhancements such as the St. Albert Trail protected-only left turn implementation, which has eliminated 96% of left turn across path collisions for north and southbound vehicles on St. Albert Trail.
“The City continuously looks for way to make our community safe for all residents,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “While we are proud of this award, we know there is more work to do. All initiatives, big and small, contribute to our goal of having zero serious injuries or fatalities.”
As part of this award, the City of St. Albert will receive funding towards the purchase of traffic safety equipment (valued at $6,500), membership with the Vision Zero Advocate Institute that enables further resource use and knowledge transfer (valued at $6,500), as well as national exposure via the Vision Zero Advocate Institute.
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