Reachable Roads Blogs

Safe Driving Enabled through Community Safety Zones

Posted by Ally Kerr on

Street design is a vital component of influencing road safety and creating a space for shared streets. Community safety zones are sections of the road that have a higher degree of safety concerns and complaints, such as schools or retirement homes. The goal of specific community safety zones is to reduce instances of speeding, distracted, and dangerous driving. What differentiates community safety zones from regular stretches of road is penalties associated with certain traffic offences. In community safety zones, which are indicated by signage, fines are doubled for traffic offences such as speeding and traffic signal violations. In order to...

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Heart Niagara’s Reachable Roads Campaign: Advocating for Vulnerable Road Users

Posted by Ally Kerr on

What makes a road user vulnerable? All road users are vulnerable to the dangers presented by incomplete streets and spaces that are not designed to incorporate all methods of transportation. However, in terms of road safety, vulnerable road users are groups of people who experience a higher burden of injury on roads that are predominantly utilized by cars and other motor vehicles. This includes pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, novice drivers, youth, and older adults. Road safety is a shared responsibility between all users. Every individual must be aware of what they can do to make sharing the road safe for everyone...

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What to know about PXOs

Posted by Ally Kerr on

Pedestrian crossovers and pedestrian crosswalks; they sound similar but what is the difference?   The major difference between crosswalks and pedestrian crossovers is location and design. Pedestrian crosswalks are the typical walkways attached to larger intersections on roadways, and usually have traffic and pedestrian signals.   In contrast, pedestrian crossovers or PXOs are road crossings outside of intersections at which vehicles are required to stop to allow for pedestrians to cross. These crossovers are always indicated by pavement markings and signs, and in busier locations, some may have overhead lighting and pedestrian push buttons. PXOs allow for pedestrians to safely cross...

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Vision Zero

Posted by Ally Kerr on

According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, every individual has the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. In terms of road safety, this includes the right to safe mobility made possible through well designed transportation systems. This is the essence of Vision Zero. Vision Zero as a concept originated from the Swedish government in attempt to eliminate accidental deaths and serious injury from roadways. Since its launch in 1997, Sweden’s Vision Zero has cut traffic related deaths in half, all while capturing attention of various countries globally. In comparison to Sweden, Canada has more than...

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Complete Streets: The Basis of Active Transportation

Posted by Ally Kerr on

Imagine a city where individuals use their own power to get from one place to another. Walking, cycling, or running as a replacement for your regular mode of transportation. This concept is the basis of active transportation. Active transportation not only benefits our health, but also the environment, economy, and society, all while reducing the strain on our transportation system. While active transportation is the goal, we know that it is not possible for everyone to replace their regular mode of transportation without challenges. This is where complete streets are important. Complete streets are networks of streets that are designed...

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