OTTAWA, March 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Keeping all Canadians safe on our roads is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are committed to improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, particularly around heavy vehicles.
That's why, in September 2016, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, created an intergovernmental task force that has been working on solutions to improve the safety of vulnerable road users.
Today, the task force launched an online public consultation to gather comments and input on strategies and preventive measures to better protect cyclists and pedestrians around heavy vehicles.
- Pedestrians and cyclists;
- Heavy vehicle operators and their advocates;
- Public awareness committees;
- Those who build, own or manage municipal road infrastructure, including intersections, bridges, and rail crossings
…to join the conversation now until the website closes on April 2, 2018.
Your feedback is important. The comments we receive will help us identify and address gaps, barriers and solutions.
Click on the Register button to participate in the discussion.
"Protecting vulnerable road users, especially in large urban centres, is an important goal for Transport Canada and all levels of government. That's why we all need to talk and work together to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists around heavy vehicles. Please join the discussion."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
"Safety needs to be everyone's top priority on the road. All road users – motorists, pedestrians and cyclists – must be able to move safely with the understanding that some road users are more vulnerable than others. By working together we can improve traffic safety, reduce collisions and help everyone arrive at their destination safely."
The Honourable Brian Mason
Minister of Transportation
Government of Alberta
- The intergovernmental task force includes federal/provincial/territorial government officials, the Transportation Association of Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities along with the assistance of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, and an Advisory Panel made up of cycling, pedestrian and trucking advocates.
- Heavy vehicles continue to pose a safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists. In September 2016, a commitment to examine how to better protect cyclists and pedestrians was made at the Council of Ministers of Transportation and Highway Safety meeting.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]