Comment 110280

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 17, 2015 at 12:24:38 in reply to Comment 110277

I didn't present any numbers (apart from the 2.5 figure from the 2000 Can J Public Health report that has been discussed numerous times here).

If you are interested in learning the context of pedestrian injuries and deaths and how they can be reduced, please read the Ontario Coroner's report:

One of the report's recommendations is that speed limits be lowered to 40km/h to reduce injury rates. It also finds that those over 65 are disproportionately likely to be killed and injured (presumably due to slower reaction times and slower crossing speeds).

The goal is to build safe infrastructure, not assign blame to pedestrians or drivers.

But, since you are asking, the Coroner's report cites the statistic that only "33% of fatally injured pedestrians acted in a manner which caused or contributed to the crash" (i.e. 2/3 did nothing at all to contribute to the crash that killed them) and that 33% of fatally injured pedestrians were struck by a driver who had committed a traffic infraction prior to the crash.

There is plenty of evidence that the best way to reduce pedestrian (and driver) injuries is to design streets for lower speeds.

Again, from the Coroner's report: "75% of pedestrian fatalities occurred on arterial roads which are wide, signalized streets that carry high volumes of traffic".

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-03-17 12:30:27

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