By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published November 06, 2013
To those who claim there are no problems with our road network, CBC Hamilton has published a new report that may be of interest:
Hamilton pedestrians and cyclists are at higher risk of getting hit by cars than the provincial average, and Hamilton has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths in the province.
The numbers come from new data from the Social Planning and Research Council, which is looking at the number of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 pedestrian and transit commuters.
Sara Mayo, a social planner with the council, found that Hamilton is second only to Windsor for the number of pedestrians who die while walking, usually by getting hit by vehicles.
She also found that Hamilton pedestrians are as much as 42 per cent more likely to be injured compared to the Ontario rate. The risk to cyclists can be as much as 81 per cent higher than the provincial average.
Looking at multiple years, she found that vehicle collisions are down in Hamilton, but pedestrian and cyclist injuries have stayed roughly the same since 2001.
As we've pointed out many times, in this City we have prioritized the convenience of motorists at the expense of every other road user.
The result is that our roads are getting safer for motorists, but are just as dangerous as they have ever been for pedestrians and cyclists - and we're doing badly compared with other Ontario cities.
As I pointed out in a comment two years ago, even much larger cities with much higher numbers of pedestrians have pedestrian death rates that are minuscule compared to Hamilton.
In fact, even the absolute numbers in Hamilton are not lower than cities many times our size with pedestrians everywhere!
For example, Paris, with a population of 2.2 million and sidewalks crammed with pedestrians, had only 18 pedestrian deaths last year (no children).
In fact, the figure of 2.2 million (more than four times Hamilton) underestimates the actual pedestrian traffic, as the population increases greatly during the day when people come in from the suburbs (population total 10 million) to work. For example, 800,000 passengers get off or on at the Les Halles subway station alone each day.
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