For Immediate Release | October 10, 2018
City Committed to Reducing Fatalities and Injuries on St. Albert Roads
City releases its first formalized Transportation Safety Plan and Implementation Plan
The City presented its first formalized Transportation Safety Plan and Implementation Plan, which identifies the City’s commitment towards safer roads and travel within St. Albert. The two plans were introduced at the October 9 Governance, Priorities and Finance Committee Meeting.
The St. Albert Transportation Safety Plan (2018 to 2025), which aligns with Vision Zero, focuses on reducing injuries and fatal collisions on St. Albert roadways. It uses the 5 E’s of traffic safety – Engineering, Education, Engagement, Enforcement and Evaluation – as a holistic approach to enhance road safety for all users. The Plan is based on city collision statistics, industry best practices, existing programs and projects, and input from stakeholders involved in the delivery of services to the community.
The areas of focus for the Transportation Safety Plan are:
- Intersections – Intersections are a key aspect of the transportation network but are also areas of high conflict in time and space between all road users.
- Vulnerable Road Users – Vulnerable Road Users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and the visually-, hearing-, or mobility-impaired have a higher likelihood of suffering an injury when involved in a collision.
- Vehicle Speeds – Excessive speed can have an impact on both the number and severity of collisions on the roadway.
- Distraction – Driver distraction (including mobile device use) is an increasing contributor to crashes.
- Young Drivers – Drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 are the highest-risk age group for collisions based on such factors as inexperience, higher levels of aggression, and alcohol/drug use.
- Safer Vehicles – Safety can be improved through the development and use of safer vehicles and vehicle safety technology.
The Implementation Plan focuses on short- and medium-term time frames, essentially the next five years. Multiple strategies align with current City programs, such as Safe Journeys to School, Neighbourhood Traffic Calming, Intelligent Transportation Systems, along with enforcement and educational activities already underway. The priority areas are a result of collision data and the City’s objective of achieving Vision Zero.
For complete information on the Transportation Safety Plan and its Implementation Plan, visit the Transportation Safety Plan & Implementation Plan page.
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