Traffic fatalities down in Vancouver

Vancouver has fewer traffic deaths than many major metropolitan cities according to a UBC study.

The city’s mayor is looking at making your walk, drive or bike to work even safer.

Gregor Robertson says there are other cities, like Seattle and Chicago, that have also made this commitment. “We’re looking at a goal of having zero traffic fatalities in the future.”

Robertson tells us the goal, which is part of the city’s 2040 transportation plan, sets a target that at least two-thirds of trips made in Vancouver will be on foot, bike, or transit.

He says we’ve seen a 15 per cent decline in cars in the city over the past 15 years, and expects that number to grow.

A new city transportation plan calls for no traffic deaths by 2040.

“We’d like to be setting the bar high and doing everything we can in terms of engineering on our streets, enforcement with the police, and education to eliminate traffic fatalities. That’s a good long range goal.”

New ferry services on False Creek and Burrard Inlet, a streetcar service, and turning pavement into people-friendly plazas are also part of the 2040 transportation plan.

As for more bike lanes, the Cornwall to Point Grey corridor and Commercial Drive are both possibilities. Rapid transit on or under Broadway from commercial to UBC is also on the wish list.

Complaints included local phone, long distance, and Internet services; but wireless services made up more than half of the beefs. The biggest one of all was billing errors related to regular service.

The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services is calling for a national code of conduct for wireless providers to help reverse this trend.