Transportation Safety & Implementation Plans
Reducing injuries and fatal collisions
The Transportation Safety Plan
The St. Albert Transportation Safety Plan (2018 to 2025), which aligns with Vision Zero, focuses on reducing injuries and fatal collisions on St. Albert roadways. Vision Zero is a long-term traffic safety goal that is focused on working towards a world with zero traffic fatalities.
The Transportation Safety Plan uses the 5 E’s of traffic safety – Engineering, Education, Engagement, Enforcement and Evaluation as a holistic approach to enhance road safety for all users. The Plan is based on city collision statistics, industry best practices, existing programs and projects and input from stakeholders involved in the delivery of services to the community.
Focus of the plan
- Intersections – Intersections are a key aspect of the transportation network but are also areas of high conflict in time and space between all road users.
- Vulnerable Road Users – Vulnerable Road Users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and the visually-, hearing-, or mobility-impaired have a higher likelihood of suffering an injury when involved in a collision.
- Vehicle Speeds – Excessive speed can have an impact on both the number and severity of collisions on the roadway.
- Distraction – Driver distraction (including mobile device use) is an increasing contributor to crashes.
- Young Drivers – Drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 are the highest-risk age group for collisions based on such factors as inexperience, higher levels of aggression, and alcohol/drug use.
- Safer Vehicles – Safety can be improved through the development and use of safer vehicles and vehicle safety technology.
The emphasis of the Implementation Plan focuses on short- and medium-term time frames. Multiple strategies align with current City programs, such as Safe Journeys to School, Neighbourhood Traffic Calming, Intelligent Transportation Systems, along with enforcement and educational activities already underway. The priority areas are a result of collision data and the City’s objective of achieving Vision Zero. Key target areas in the short-term include:
- Network collision screening, reporting and prioritization – It’s vital that the City strengthen its data collection and management and develop processes to deliver and evaluate safety measures.
- Network speed screening and mitigation measures – Collect, analyze and evaluate vehicle speeds and their influence on collision occurrences or risk on the City’s arterial and local road networks, including school and playground zones.
- Targeted collision reduction – Develop strategies on reducing motor vehicle incidents involving:
- rear end collisions – represent 44% of overall collisions from 2012 to 2017 and 46% of injury-related collisions during this time;
- right angle collisions – represent 18% of overall collisions from 2012 to 2017 and 20% of injury-related collisions during this time;
- left-turn across path collisions – represent 14% of overall collisions from 2012 to 2017 and 14% of injury-related collisions during this time; and,
- young drivers – youth aged 16 to 25 years represent the highest number of ‘at-fault’ drivers.
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Last edited: November 29, 2019