Loading articles...

Making eye contact can save a pedestrian's life

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The City of Vancouver plans to wrap up pedestrian safety work by the end of the year at dozens of priority intersections, as it works towards an ambitious goal of no traffic deaths.

The mayor and the police chief are among those urging you to be careful as we head into Daylight Saving Time. To draw attention to their message, they stood this morning at the intersection of Joyce and Kinsgway, which is the city’s fourth-worst for crashes involving pedestrians.

Mayor Gregor Robertson says to date, the city has improved more than two-thirds of its 44 priority areas.

“These improvements needed everything from better lighting, lower speed zones, better sidewalks, longer crossing times, and improved left hand turn bays for the cars.”

Police Chief Jim Chu urges people to be cautious and make eye contact. “If all of us pay more attention and look each other in the eye more, it will mean less traffic fatalities.”

There were eight fatal pedestrian crashes last year.