Ottawa, Ontario – Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are the focus of National Road Safety Week, which runs May 12 to 18.
According to the Canada Safety Council, vulnerable road users make up 24 per cent of road users killed or seriously injured each year in traffic crashes. In 2006, 665 were killed and 3,667 were seriously injured. Whether you are considered a vulnerable road user, or share the road with them, be vigilant and stay aware of your surroundings at all times.
Intersections provide the most problems for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. In 2006, almost 40 per cent of all collisions at intersections involving vulnerable road users were fatal. The majority of collisions involving vulnerable road users occurred in urban areas with posted speed limits of 70 km/h or less.
For more information on how to stay safe on Canada’s roads, visit RoadSafety.