For Immediate Release | June 13, 2017
City to Conduct Thorough Safety Review
Review to examine roadway engineering, education, enforcement and safety best practices
St. Albert City Manager Kevin Scoble outlined the initial steps the City is taking as part of a thorough Safety Review that will address pedestrian and cyclist safety on St. Albert roadways. The preliminary actions announced at the June 12, 2017 City Council Meeting will focus on examining and assessing roadway engineering, education, enforcement as well as safety best practices. The review is being undertaken in response to the traffic incident of June 8, in which a young cyclist died after colliding with a vehicle in Grandin.
“Darian Mar’s death is a tragedy that has struck our very core and everyone who was involved in or impacted by the incident is devastated,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “Council needs to ensure we look at everything and ask ourselves if there is anything that we could be doing differently.”
Preliminary actions from the Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan include:
- Traffic Network Assessment
- Developing a detailed Engineering Safety Assessment of the collision location and areas within its vicinity (Grenfell Avenue: from Gresham Boulevard to Grosvenor Boulevard and Grosvenor Boulevard: from Glenmore Crescent to Grandville Avenue).
- Reviewing City-wide processes in response to severe incident occurrences on public roadways and trail systems (reporting/investigation).
- Recommendations of Safety Improvements – city-wide. These will be determined based upon the information from the Collision Investigation and the Traffic Network Assessment. Recommendations will be brought forward to Council for approval as part of the 2018 budget.
- Continuing Pedestrian Crossing Improvements – city-wide. Moving forward with improvements to pedestrian crossings that incorporate enhanced road markings, pedestrian curb extensions and use of warning flashers/signals.
- Continuing Education Campaigns
- School Education (Bike Safety, Safe Crossing etc.) – The RCMP actively deliver Bike Safety and Crosswalk Safety – Point, Pause, Proceed presentations with its school partners. Targeted age is between Kindergarten and Grade 2. Bike Safety is also provided to After School Care in May and June each year.
- Summer Camps – The RCMP performs Bike Rodeos (safety presentation and bike obstacles) to Summer Day Camps every year. They also provide education on Point, Pause, Proceed (crosswalk safety).
- Public Education Campaign – The RCMP Cart and Bike Patrol regularly visit the Skate Park, where members speak to youth about riding bikes, skateboards and scooters safely. They also discuss the importance of wearing bike helmets.
- Enforcement Campaigns – The RCMP and Municipal Enforcement attend all elementary schools at the beginning of the school year, reminding students/parents about safe parking, crosswalk safety and bike and helmet safety. Policing Services also increases their patrols in school zones during September.
More detailed information will be forthcoming once the findings of the RCMP investigation are announced. Click on the Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan for more information.
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