Research Papers

A Comparison of Municipal Transportation Safety Planning Practices Across Canada: Part 2 - Establishing Focus Areas

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Date added July 10, 2018
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Category 2018 CARSP XXVIII Victoria
Tags Policy and Practice, Session 7A
Author/Auteur Dilgir
Stream/Volet Policy and Practice

Slidedeck Presentation Only (no paper submitted)

7A - Dilgir


Up to 80% of the collisions in Canada and majority of the injuries occur in urban areas. In support of the goals of minimizing collisions, injuries and death on our roadways, several municipalities have developed Transportation Safety Plans (TSPs). These plans present strategies to address the problem using a systems approach: a holistic approach that recognizes the various interactions within the system and builds a system that can address these interactions and gaps. The critical components (i.e. the nuts and bolts) of a TSP are the identified focus areas and strategies. However, municipalities have gone about the selection of focus areas and strategies in different ways. Therefore, a review was conducted to identify. This is Part 2 to the presentation made at last year's CARSP conference, which focused on the overall components of strategic plans among municipalities and the more foundational elements of a TSP (i.e. vision, mission and principles) but did not get into any depth regarding the focus areas and strategies. The objectives of the review were to synthesize and analyze current municipal practices for establishing focus areas and strategies. The objective of the presentation will be to paint a picture for delegates regarding the state of municipal road safety planning in Canada, and summarize trends in the identification of focus areas an strategies. Municipal representatives will likely be most interested in this topic; however, all those who are involved in the planning process (i.e. municipal partners such as health, insurance, police and other levels of government) are impacted. To obtain a rich enough sample for trend analysis, approximately 20 municipalities were identified and their TSPs were reviewed in detail. The municipalities were summarized by population and the year their plan was published, since these factors reflect the agency's capacity to develop plans and strategies as well as the various stages in implementation. As a result, the trends will be reflected separately for "smaller" and "larger" municipalities.

To obtain clarification and detail, follow-ups with the individual municipalities were carried out as required.

Regarding Focus Areas, the presentation will cover both how the focus areas were selected (if available), as well as a summary of trends in the actual focus areas. Examples of focus areas include: speed, intersections and vulnerable road users.

The strategies themselves may range from engineering strategies to education, enforcement and others. The presentation will cover the types of strategies (i.e. the "E"'s) as well as trends in the actual selection of strategies. For each size of municipality, the most commonly identified strategies will be identified. Potential gaps in the strategies will be identified.

For plans that have been in place for several years and have been followed up by evaluation studies, this review attempts to correlate the value of transportation safety planning to actual collision and injury reductions. As a result, some "best practices" in the selection of strategies will be identified. The deliverable of the review is a series of charts and tables that show the trends, and a list of conclusions and best practices. Since more municipalities have started developing TSPs over the past year, the sample will be larger than was presented last year.