SURREY (NEWS 1130) — In a move meant to make the city safer for pedestrians, Surrey city council gave the go-ahead for construction to begin on enhanced crosswalks.
Council unanimously voted Monday to approve a contract that will see the crossings installed at 24 intersections.
“We all very much see the need for having safe places within the city for our citizens to cross,” says Coun. Linda Annis.
The new crossings have flashing beacons and signs.
“With all the lighting, it will draw motorists’ attention to slow down and watch for pedestrians crossing. I think it’s a real asset to the city,” Annis explains. “It’s much more visible. That’s really what the plan was with these.”
A number of these crosswalks will be installed around schools, and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Annis says there’s still a need for more of these, but says today’s vote is a step in the right direction.
Each year, 20 people are killed on the city’s roads and 12,000 are injured.
Eighty per cent of collisions that result in serious injury or death happen at intersections.
Last year, Surrey launched a plan to bring the number of serious injuries and fatalities down to zero.VisionZeroPlan