Red Light Camera Speed Enforcement Will Make Cycling & Walking Safer
Using red light cameras for speed enforcement should help make intersections significantly safer for people walking and cycling. This is particularly important as those walking and cycling represent 38% of fatalities at intersections according to the Provincial Health Officer (Reducing the Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes on Health and Well-being in BC page 125).
For example, according to the City of Vancouver Cycling Safety Study (page 47), 48% of cycling crashes on designated bike ways and 34% of crashes on arterials happen at intersections. As more protected bike lanes are built around CB, the percentage of cycling collisions at intersections will increase.
The good news is that the BC Government is upgrading red light cameras to catch speeders at dangerous intersections. The BC Cycling Coalition strongly encouraged this in our letter of July 2017 to Attorney General Eby. However, the BC Government need to ensure vehicles are travelling slow enough to prevent fatal crashes with cyclists and pedestrians. Of concern is the following statement by Attorney General Eby:
“These are fixed cameras, you can put up a big sign that says if you speed through this intersection at 20 kilometres an hour or more, you’re going to get a ticket guaranteed,”
Even crashes at speeds of 50 km/h are likely to be fatal to those cycling and walking so the slower the better. If the speed limit is 50 km/h, 20 km/h over is 70 km/h. Still way to fast to avoid serious injuries or fatalities especially in crashes involving people walking and cycling. The Government should consider at least a small fine for even 5 km/h over the speed limit at intersections popular with people cycling and walking and even better, lower the speed limit to 30 km/h.
Please Write the Premier and Ministers supporting the use red light cameras for speed control and encouraging them to lower the speeds enough to prevent cycling and walking fatalities.
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- Automated speed cameras which could cut fatal & serious collisions by more than 1/3
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