... be Cautious ... be Seen ... be Safe
Crosswalk Safety Society of Nova Scotia
2016 Year in Review
- Registered as a Society with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks.
- Received charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency.
- Grew to 25 society Members along with 300 Supporters.
- Installed 72 new crosswalk flag locations in HRM, bringing the total to 138.
- Facilitated 16 new crosswalk flag locations elsewhere in Nova Scotia (Digby, Lunenburg, Bridgewater and Shelburne) bringing the total to 38 with progress towards installations in Glace Bay and Mahone Bay.
(A special thanks the volunteer monitors who
keep an eye on each installation!)
- Developed and distributed a new pedestrian safety education brochure. If you would like copies to share at your work place, school, church, or anywhere else, simply let us know!
- Conducted a public survey about pedestrian safety. Click here to see the results.
- Received considerable media coverage including CBC, CTV, Global, Metro, Local Xpress, and News 95.7.
- Collected over $25,000 to support our work from businesses, individuals, associations, municipalities, Councillors (discretionary capital funds), memberships, and donations. (Click here for more details.)
- Successfully advocated for retaining pedestrian safety as a strategic Priority Outcome of HRM. After being absent from the original recommended list of priorities, Council agreed to add pedestrian safety as a priority. The outcome reads:
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all share responsibility for travelling safely together. Through education, enforcement, and improved infrastructure (engineering), engagement and evaluation, pedestrians in Halifax are provided with a safe environment in which to walk.
Overall, vehicle-pedestrian collision experience during 2016 was mixed. On the very positive side there were no fatalities. On the other hand the number of ‘severe’ injuries has increased from two to five (to the end of November) and overall collisions are slightly higher at 183 versus 176 (again to the end of November). In our view more needs to be done:
- More visibility at signalized and all-way stop intersections, i.e. ‘zebra’ markings and crosswalk flags.
- More engineering infrastructure, e.g. bump-outs.
- More enforcement by the police.
If you agree, let your councillor know how you feel
. HRM Council has made pedestrian safety a strategic Priority Outcome. Let’s make it more than words by increasing investment and action towards pedestrian/crosswalk safety.
We look forward to continuing our work in 2017 and beyond. Please consider joining the Society as a Member
($25 Membership Fee – donation income tax receipt will be provided), and encouraging others to do so as well.
We would like to recognize the 2016 contributors
and thank those who contributed through their membership and/or donations.
- Bill Barker and Elizabeth Church
- Brad McRae
- residents of St. George’s Lane, Dartmouth
- Roger and Anna Campbell
- Sherry Litz
- Steve Johnson and Wendy Warnken
- Tara and Kyle Niekamp
Home & Schools
- Ma Belle’s Café
- Can-Euro Investments
- Landmark Developments
- Leeds Street Child Care Centre
- Port Wallace Holdings Limited
- Armbrae Academy
- Burton-Ettinger, Halifax
- Halifax Grammar
- Hawthorn, Dartmouth
- Montgomery Middle School, Coquitlam, BC
- St. Stephen’s, Halifax
- Sunnyside, Bedford
- Crichton Park Critters
- Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
- Eastern Shore Cow-Bay Firefighters
- Halifax County Condominium Corp #4
- South Shore Safe Communities
- District 16 Tim Outhit (19 locations)
- District 10 Russell Walker (7 locations)
- District 12 Reg Rankin (6 locations)
- District 6 Tony Mancini (4 locations)
- District 5 Gloria McCluskey (4 locations)
- District 7 Waye Mason (3 locations)
- District 11 Steve Adams (2 locations)
- District 5 Sam Austin (2 locations)
- District 13 Matt Whitman (1 location)
- District 3 Bill Karsten (1 location)
- Town of Bridgewater
- Town of Digby
- Town of Lunenburg
- Town of Shelburne
Provided by the
Crosswalk Safety Society of Nova Scotia