Mayor Don Iveson wants the city to start focusing on pedestrian safety.
Iveson was speaking at a local traffic safety conference in Sherwood Park Wednesday, and he said the city needs to start recognizing that some street users are more vulnerable than others.
“The more we draw people out into the streets and public places, the more we need to do to ensure they have a safe and inviting experience. This means providing better infrastructure for cyclists, including separated bike lanes that give people the safety and the confidence to choose cycling as a viable transportation option.”
He told the conference the city is now getting serious about building ‘complete streets’, or streets for people.
That includes having to make some changes.
“It means getting serious about better urban design that may well involve widening our sidewalks, narrowing our lanes of traffic in key pedestrian areas, and improving intersection design for the benefit of those who aren’t protected by air bags and a steel cage.”
Iveson told the conference that when he first joined council there was a disconnect, between planning, design and construction functions in Edmonton.
“We had a transit system that was operations heavy and
Iveson called for a relaunch of the city’s traffic safety initiative Vision Zero, which to date has focused mainly on reducing vehicle-to-vehicle collisions.
With files from Global News (CJ)