Learn about safe roads and highlights of our planned safe roads actions.
Safe Roads are designed to reduce the risk of crashes occurring and the severity of injury should a collision occur. Safe road interventions will reduce the likelihood of high speed collisions, protect road users from side impact and head-on collisions impacts, and focus on the safety of our most vulnerable road users.
Highlights of our planned Safe Roads interventions include:
Fully-Protected Left Turns
One of the most common conflicts at signalized intersections is the competition between vehicles turning left and oncoming traffic. Drivers also need to pay attention to other road users in crosswalks. By implementing protected left turn phases which separates road users in time, we can minimize conflicts. Learn more about fully-protected left turn signals and where to find them in Surrey.
Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs)
Leading Pedestrian Intervals are traffic signal timing features that give pedestrians a head start into the crosswalk before the vehicle green is shown. This allows drivers to see pedestrians more easily and reduces pedestrian-vehicle crashes.
High Collision Intersection Safety Improvements
By digging into data more deeply we’re able to better understand what’s happening where and why, when and to whom. Mapping of locations and corridors where high numbers of people have been killed or seriously injured in traffic crashes is proving to be an important Vision Zero tool. Advanced data analysis will help us to better understand the causal factors, collision types and road users involved in KSI collisions. Over the next five years, we’ll implement the most suitable engineering, enforcement and education road safety countermeasures at Surrey’s top 50 high collision intersections.
Safe Design Standards
A city’s design standards are an important influencer of how streets are designed and built. By reviewing and updating our design standards through the road safety lens, we will incorporate Safe Roads best practices and prioritize our vulnerable road users.
Remove or Re-design Right Turn Channels
Channelized right turns increase collision risk and severity due to higher speeds, so we’re removing them where possible. Where we can’t, we’ll build smart right turn channels designed to slow right turning vehicles and improve sightlines.
Research shows an up to 90% reduction in vehicle-cyclist collisions with separated cycles tracks. By physically separating road users, not only does cycling ridership soar and feelings of safety increase, but we create more efficient, attractive and healthier streetscapes. We’re growing our cycle track network because lane type matters.
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are used at uncontrolled approaches such as un-signalized pedestrian crosswalks to improve the visibility of people walking. They provide push button activated bright lights that flash in an irregular pattern alerting drivers to crossing pedestrians. Data shows high motorist ‘yield to pedestrian’ rates.
Roundabouts only allow one-way traffic around a central island and cars entering the roundabout must yield to cars already in the roundabout. They can improve safety and traffic flow because the shape reduces speed and almost completely eliminates side and head-on collisions. They are highly effective in reducing KSI crashes for motor vehicle occupants, and if designed well also provide safety improvements for vulnerable road users.