efore cities decide whether to lower the speed limit on residential streets to 30 km/h from 50 km/h
— as Calgary is contemplating — let’s make sure they’ve done their homework.
While it’s laudable that road safety has been put on council’s radar, let’s make sure we’ve got the right solution for the right problem.
Coun. druh Farrell, who is leading this initiative, has a chart that says the faster the vehicle the more likely a collision with a pedestrian is fatal. that’s the law of physics.
Coun. gian-Carlo Carra says residents keep asking for lower speeds on residential streets. Who doesn’t?
let’s assess the size of the problem, according to the latest statistics from the alberta government. the 1,185 pedestrian casualties amounted to just seven per cent of all casualties on the province’s roads in 2016. of the 299 fatalities, 50 or 16.7 per cent were pedestrians.
almost 50 per cent of drivers in collisions with pedestrians failed to yield to the victim. but in 30.1 per cent of driver-pedestrian collisions, the driver did nothing wrong. one can only presume that the pedestrian did something to endanger him or herself.
indeed, in 34.2 per cent of pedestrian fatalities, the pedestrian had consumed alcohol. in injury collisions, nine per cent