In late 2014, the Province of Alberta solicited input from Albertans on potential changes to Alberta's Traffic Safety Act. Similarly, Alberta's Traffic Safety Plan 2015 shifted focus to what is termed a "Safer Systems Approach" to road safety, including:
- Safer roads - that are designed, engineered, maintained and operated for improved safety.
- Safer drivers - who are skilled and competent, stay alert while behind the wheel, comply with the law and are personally accountable for their driving decisions.
- Safer vehicles - that provide maximum protection if a collision occurs.
Bike Calgary has long recognized the need for the Province to take a stronger role in ensuring a more welcoming roadway environment for Albertans travelling by bicycle, whether for recreation or transportation. Even Traffic Safety Plan 2015, though discussing "Vulnerable Road Users" (i.e. pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists) and identifying their protection as a key priority under a Safer Systems Approach, gives very little tangible direction to improve the roadway environment, in particular for Albertans travelling by bicycle.
With this in mind, we submitted a letter to the Minister of Transportation, asking for him to take a closer look the factors that influence the ability for Albertans to safely and efficiently travel by bicycle, in particular education and testing, regulation and infrastructure.
You can link to a copy of our letter here or by clicking on the PDF below.
If you want more information on Alberta's Traffic Safety Plan, you can go to the following:
- Traffic Safety Plan 2015 click here.
- Traffic Safety Plan 2015 Fact Sheet click here.
- Traffic Safety Plan 2015 Calendar click here.