Based on 2020 collision statistics, 19 serious and fatal injuries involved drivers failing to yield to a pedestrian who had the right of way in a crosswalk. Pedestrian control devices, including crosswalks and traffic signals, help protect people when they cross the street.
In 2020, 69 crosswalks were upgraded, and 248 have been upgraded since Vision Zero began in Edmonton. In 2020, $3 million was spent on improving crosswalks and $1.1 million was spent on traffic signal improvements to improve safety for pedestrians. View the Safe Crossings Dashboard to see locations that have been updated and work that is planned. When crosswalk upgrades were made in 2020, priority was given to locations based on Vision Zero principles using the following criteria:
- Pedestrian collision history
- Number of pedestrians
- Number of vehicles
- Number of traffic lanes pedestrians have to cross
- Existing median or other pedestrian refuge
- Speed limit
The following crosswalk upgrades were completed in 2020:
- 55 flashing beacons
- 8 pedestrian signals
- 6 amber flashers
Moving forward in order to align with the principles outlined in the Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025, a new program will be built upon the previous Crosswalk program. This new Safe Crossings program will include new location selection criteria and engineering measures, and uses a proactive approach to create a safe network for everyone using the crosswalk.