Less than one week ago, a 19-year-old woman was left in critical condition after being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing Jasper Avenue off of 119th Street. The crosswalk was marked, but was not controlled by flashing warning lights.
Mayor Don Iveson has called for an immediate safety review of that crosswalk, however, some community members believe that pedestrian safety is a serious issue in Edmonton. On average, one pedestrian is struck by a car each day in Edmonton. Furthermore, pedestrians are more likely to be hit at an intersection, however, the intersections where they are most likely to be struck change every year. Such information could indicate that the safety of all intersections in the area should be reviewed.
According to the Alberta Traffic Collision Statistics 2012, in more than 40 percent of casualty collisions involving a pedestrian reported, the driver failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian.
Last year, the most dangerous intersection was 144th Avenue and 66th Street, five pedestrians were injured there despite there being a marked crosswalk and activated crosswalk signals.
The safety report on the intersection of Jasper Avenue and 119th Street will come before the city council this fall.