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DebraW
12-03-2009, 01:58 PM
World’s Leading Traffic Safety Experts Come to Edmonton

March 12, 2009 NEWS RELEASE


The Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) and the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will host Edmonton’s International Conference on Urban Traffic Safety March 16 -18 at the Sutton Place Hotel.

Edmonton’s International Conference on Urban Traffic Safety

Dates: March 16 – 18, 2009
(Free Public Forum: March 17th at 6 pm)
Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 10235-101 Street

“Edmonton is demonstrating that it is taking an evidence based-approach through education and research to improve road safety in our City,” says Gerry Shimko, OTS Executive Director.

With its impressive line-up of cutting-edge traffic experts, the conference is intended to challenge old notions about traffic safety and generate innovative ideas on how to improve the safety of Edmonton’s roads. Sessions and workshops will focus on the four E’s of traffic safety: engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation.

“Traffic safety isn’t just about the vehicles on the road,” says Shimko.

“Planners, traffic officers, drivers and pedestrians; we all play a role.”

In conjunction with the conference, the EPC is holding a public forum on the evening of March 17th at the Sutton Place Hotel. The keynote speaker will discuss the power of community involvement and a panel will present a number of community based traffic safety initiatives already working in Edmonton.

“We want communities to feel empowered to take action on traffic safety issues in their neighborhoods, “says Brian Gibson, chair of the Edmonton Police Commission “The forum allows communities to share their challenges, and successes.”

For more information:

Ben Mittelsteadt
Title Communications Officer Telephone 780-496-8275

Link:
http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/news/2009/11920.aspx

Chmilz
12-03-2009, 05:56 PM
Solution to 80% of our traffic safety problems:

Step 1: Greatly increase the standards for issuing and keeping a drivers license.
Step 2: Introduce standards for vehicle maintenance and mandatory inspections.
Step 3: Enforce the sh*t out of the traffic laws to force behavioral changes.
Step 4: Remove the many unnecessary crosswalks and install flashing lights at the rest.
Step 5: Enjoy the reduced traffic and increased use of public transit.

Sonic Death Monkey
12-03-2009, 07:58 PM
Someone should poll the out-of-town traffic experts the following 2 questions:
- What was your impression of your trip from the international airport to downtown (Sutton Place)?
- How would you improve it?

DebraW
12-03-2009, 08:46 PM
Someone should poll the out-of-town traffic experts the following 2 questions:
- What was your impression of your trip from the international airport to downtown (Sutton Place)?
- How would you improve it?

And then take them to WEM via that C firedrill at 170th/Mayfield/Stony Plain Rd.

nriviera
12-03-2009, 09:38 PM
Paint lines on the roads.

Chmilz
12-03-2009, 10:17 PM
Paint lines on the roads.
No kidding, just past Quesnell bridge eastbound earlier today cars were all over the road, no one had any clue where the lanes were. Add in all the potholes, muck, and 4pm glare and it was a recipe for disaster.

glasshead
13-03-2009, 09:05 AM
Paint lines on the roads.
No kidding, just past Quesnell bridge eastbound earlier today cars were all over the road, no one had any clue where the lanes were. Add in all the potholes, muck, and 4pm glare and it was a recipe for disaster.

ask and thou shall receive
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Crews+install+pavement+markings+Quesnell+Bridge+th is+weekend/1385819/story.html

Doppelganger
13-03-2009, 12:25 PM
Paint lines on the roads.
No kidding, just past Quesnell bridge eastbound earlier today cars were all over the road, no one had any clue where the lanes were. Add in all the potholes, muck, and 4pm glare and it was a recipe for disaster.

Yes, that one's a beauty alright. Westbound just past the Quesnell is a mess too. The old lane markings are still somewhat visible, and the new markings are not very clear. Vehicles in the rightmost lane find themselves being squeezed out by cars in the cntre lane that are following the pre-construction lane markers rather than the new temporary ones.

DebraW
14-03-2009, 10:26 AM
Streets stripped of lights a sign of safer times

By Chelsea Coupal, with files from Elise Stolte, The Edmonton Journal
March 14, 2009 9:02 AM


Safety crews stripped traffic lights, street signs and crosswalks from London, England's Kensington High Street to force pedestrians and drivers to watch out for each other.

That idea is one of several that will be discussed when Edmonton hosts a three-day international traffic safety conference starting Monday.

"Anything is possible," said Gerry Shimko, head of Edmonton's Office of Traffic Safety.

Pedestrians here often assume simply following traffic lights will keep them safe, he said. "There, you know you have to look because there are no lights and your life is at stake. There's nobody to blame but yourself if you enter the intersection when someone else is coming."

Link:
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Technology/Streets+stripped+lights+sign+safer+times/1389514/story.html

Neumanic
16-03-2009, 11:43 AM
Solution to 80% of our traffic safety problems:

Step 1: Greatly increase the standards for issuing and keeping a drivers license.
Step 2: Introduce standards for vehicle maintenance and mandatory inspections.
Step 3: Enforce the sh*t out of the traffic laws to force behavioral changes.
Step 4: Remove the many unnecessary crosswalks and install flashing lights at the rest.
Step 5: Enjoy the reduced traffic and increased use of public transit.

I would encourage you to come to the community forum, part of the conference, starting at 6:00 on Tuesday, March 17 at the Sutton Place Hotel. It's free, and will be an opportunity to hear from speakers (both local and international) as well as to give your views. Registration in advance is appreciated at http://www.trafficsafetyconference.com .