In a report released Thursday, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer recommends reducing the speed limit from 50km/hr down to 30km/hr within municipalities and on treaty lands.
30km/hr is the “survivable speed” for cyclists and pedestrians – meaning they’re likely to survive if struck by a vehicle travelling at that speed.
Dr. Perry Kendall highlighted that although there has been a decrease in overall road fatalities, there has however been an increase in the proportion of incidents that involve vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. In 2013, one third of fatalities were such vulnerable road users.
Kendall wants to see the health and safety of cyclist and pedestrians made a priority. He recommends lower speed limits and improved road and intersection design – such as better lighting and protected pathways.
The 260-page report, took six years to complete, and has 28 recommendations, including bringing back photo radar and adopting a zero-tolerance alcohol policy for drivers under the age of 25.