Comment 81088

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted September 20, 2012 at 09:44:53

I found this statement particularly interesting:

"the erection of non-signalized pedestrian crossings for mid-block crossings in residential areas"

since the City of Hamilton claims that the HTA does not even permit non-signalized crossings (i.e. signs and zebra lines on the road) at intersections. The Coroner's statement implies that non-signalized crossings are in fact permitted, just not mid-block!

Hamilton's pedestrian death rate does seem extremely high: in 2011 9 pedestrians were killed in Hamilton while 27 were killed in Paris the same year (and this figure was considered unacceptably high).

Now, the population of central Paris is about 2.2 million, and the greater Paris region has a population of over 12 million, many of whom commute into the centre to work or shop. More importantly, the sidewalks and roads in Paris are jammed with millions of pedestrians all-day long (800 000 get on or off every day at the Chatelet Les Halles station alone), which suggests the risk of a given pedestrian dying in Paris is minuscule compared with Hamilton.

The difference is likely due to three factors: safety in numbers (as we've discussed here for cycling), slower traffic speeds due to volume and design, and wide sidewalks and an extensive network of pedestrian streets.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2012-09-20 09:55:08

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