NDP MLAs say safer roads on their way to North Vancouver

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NORTH VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLAs Susie Chant and Bowinn Ma say people in North Vancouver will benefit from safer roads thanks to a second year of Vision Zero grants.

“Speeding has been a challenge in all of our neighbourhoods, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation lands are no exception – between increasing traffic congestion, and distracted driving, it’s important that we keep people safe,” says Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour. “This funding will work toward increasing awareness and safety on the roads, making it easier and safer to travel on foot and by bike.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is receiving funding of $20,000, which will be used to provide visible speed awareness to drivers by employing a fixed speed reader board and a mobile speed reader board with volunteer traffic and speed counters.

The City of North Vancouver is receiving funding of $20,000, which will be used to create a network of 30 km/hr zones on local streets. The goal is to improve safety for vulnerable road users, and to reduce noise and emissions.

“Slower streets improve safety for all road users and contribute to both our Vision Zero and climate action goals,” says Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “By creating more opportunities for people to choose to walk, cycle, or roll to where they’re going, North Vancouver is becoming an even healthier community while we also reduce our collective impact on the climate.”

A total of $1,030,506 in Vision Zero grants have been distributed to 59 B.C. communities this year. 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 has committed to action to decrease deaths and serious injuries on B.C. roads. 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/28892