NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says safer roads on the way for Vancouver

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VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says people in Vancouver will benefit from safer roads thanks to another year of Vision Zero grants, that will help prevent serious injuries and deaths.

“One of the great things about Vancouver is that you don’t need a car to get safely from point A to point B,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End. “We’re lucky to have infrastructure that keeps pedestrians, cyclists and other road users safe while lowering our carbon footprint and keeping us active. This funding will not only help make our shared roads safer, but it will also make it easier for people to get around via active transportation, creating safer, more accessible pathways for all.”

In Vancouver, the following organizations are receiving funding:

  • Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) Association is receiving $20,000 to go towards their Easy Riders: Transit Workshops and Excursions program
  • The West End Seniors’ Network Society is receiving $20,000 for their Walk Together – Pedestrian Safety for Seniors program
  • The City of Vancouver is receiving $20,000 to install a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at Wolfe Avenue & Tecumseh Avenue/West 16th Avenue

For the third year in a row, Vision Zero grants have been awarded to communities around British Columbia to improve road safety. A total of $866,657 has gone to 53 projects in 56 communities, including 22 projects in First Nations communities.

Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government is working toward making roads in British Columbia safer for pedestrians, active transportation users and drivers. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024HLTH0024-000733