Traffic Safety

Driving the Downtown Bike Network

Edmonton’s new adaptable Downtown Bike Network is now open and offers over 7.8 km of bike routes making it easier to travel downtown by bike. With the introduction of the bike network, there have be...

Vision Zero Hero

Last month, Traffic Safety Analyst Tazul Islam, PhD,  flew to Washington, D.C., to receive international recognition for a paper he wrote titled Before-After Safety Evaluation using Full Bayesian Mac...

Vision Zero: Setting sights on superior safety

Edmonton is taking a giant leap – even further than it already has – toward its goal of achieving serious reductions in traffic injury or fatality collisions. In the coming months, you’re going ...

Fleet Services overview group pays dividends

Maintaining a fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles – including cars, trucks, street sweepers, tractors, Fire Rescue and EPS riverboats, trailers, ride-on mowers and much more – requires a whole lot o...

Fleet Safety Officers’ goal is to educate

The driver of the small City of Edmonton flatbed utility truck must have had a panic attack when he saw Fleet Safety Officer Steve Pedersen standing in the middle of 95th Street, waving him over. Stev...

Speeding up by slowing down: it works!

A collaborative relationship between the City of Edmonton and one of Canada’s three university smart transportation laboratories continues to pay off for Edmonton drivers. Wai Cheung, Edmonton Tran...

Traffic signal control going wireless

The City of Edmonton’s Traffic Operations Branch has taken the first steps in a big leap into the future that will see the conversion of most of its traffic signals to a wireless control system. Cur...

Firefighters getting the green light(s) for better response times

When Tyler Ryan is piloting a huge fire truck carrying 2 tons of water and a heavy inventory of emergency equipment through the full bloom of rush-hour traffic on 170th Street, there’s nothing he ha...

Wheel safety program reaches new heights

In its never-ending quest for the safest possible fleet of vehicles (and drivers!), the City of Edmonton’s Fleet Services Branch has set a new standard of quality in wheel safety with what’s calle...

Get there faster. Slow down!

Wai Cheung is about to try the seemingly impossible, get drivers on the Whitemud Freeway to move faster – by slowing down. Wai’s a technical specialist with the City of Edmonton’s Transportation...

‘Too many distracted drivers,’ City driver says

Sitting high up in the cab of a huge tandem City of Edmonton truck, what you see when you look down at other drivers at red lights can be downright frightening. “I saw them all the time,” says Bri...

Going the extra mile for safer roads

Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety is on a mission to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities on our roads, and it won’t stop until it has reached its target of zero collision-related fatalities ...

‘Hurry, hurry’ is biggest winter driving problem: 24-year grader vet

Seated 4 meters above the road in the heated comfort of his 25-ton, six-wheel-drive Volvo grader, Bruce Claassen has seen more than his share of high-risk winter driving. The nature of his job puts Br...

Young men and seniors at risk on our roads – even as pedestrians

Any insurance adjuster will tell you that the two most expensive groups of people to insure are young males and seniors.   This is related to higher collisions statistics among the former and higher...

Research shows photo radar makes roads safer

There’s been a lot of discussion about the utility of photo radar – more properly known as automated enforcement – on Edmonton streets. While drivers everywhere have opinions about the efficacy ...

Show me the numbers! Choosing locations for Automated Photo Enforcement

Show me the numbers! That’s the approach taken by Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety when it comes to choosing locations for automated photo enforcement, aka photo radar.   It’s all about usi...

The Most Dangerous Day to Cross the Street

As the old song goes, everybody’s working for the weekend.  But before you head home for your hard-earned break, here’s a pop quiz:  Which day of the week is the most dangerous time to cross the...

Keeping Pedestrians Safe

“Look the driver in the eye!” That’s what I taught my three sons to do when they were learning to cross the street. Yes, cross at a marked crosswalk.  Yes, wait for the light to change.  No, d...

Why Photo Radar?

So why does the City of Edmonton use photo radar? That question keeps bubbling up in Edmonton, as predictable as snow on Halloween. You’ve probably noticed the vans parked on commuter routes across ...

Auditor’s report shows Edmonton’s streets are getting safer

The Office of the City Auditor has just posted its review of one of Edmonton’s most important traffic safety tools: Automated Photo Enforcement. From a public safety perspective, the headline is on ...

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