Traffic Safety conducts ongoing research to better understand road-user behaviour and develop countermeasures to contribute to a culture of traffic safety in Edmonton. This research addresses key risk factors including speed, distraction and alcohol and drug impairment.
Traffic Safety Culture Survey:
The 2nd Edmonton and Area Traffic Safety Culture Survey took place in June 2016 in collaboration with the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta. The purpose of this study was to collect data on the attitudes, perceptions and behaviours of road users as they relate to traffic safety in the Edmonton region.
Distracted Road Use:
Distracted road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers, represent a serious threat to safety on our roadways. In January 2016, the City initiated a study on distracted road use with Dr. Michelle Chan, a recent PhD graduate in Psychology, who specializes in this area of research. This study was completed in May 2016, and will be used to implement evidence-based countermeasures to reduce distracted road use in Edmonton.
Edmonton became a pilot city for Bikemaps.org, along with Victoria, the city in which the project orginated, and Ottawa. This project was launched in May 2016. The objective of this initiative is to promote the use of BikeMaps.org to increase the availability of cycling data for evidence-based planning and decision making. The goal is to make cycling safe for all citizens and to increase ridership in Edmonton.
Annual Run Walk Ride for Vision Zero:
The 5th Annual Run Walk Ride for Vision Zero (previously the Run Walk Ride 4 Traffic Safety) took place April 23rd, 2016. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness in the community about traffic safety for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers and to encourage citizens to consider what they personally can do to help Edmonton achieve Vision Zero.
Edmonton’s 8th International Urban Traffic Safety Conference, April 2016:
The theme of the 2016 conference was “Towards Vision Zero”. Experts from around the world have been invited to speak to their experiences with implementing Vision Zero in their respective cities so that Edmonton may learn from their challenges and successes as we shape our own Vision Zero model over the coming months and years.
International Council of Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) 2019:
The City of Edmonton was successful in its bid to host the prestigious ICADTS conference in Edmonton in 2019. This triennial conference brings together leading experts from around the globe to speak to the very serious threat of alcohol and drug impaired road users to safety on our roadways, and through the sharing of leading and best practices, will contribute to the reduction of alcohol and drug related fatalities and injuries.