While the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities has decreased over the past four decades in Canada, this trend is not reflected in pedestrian-related fatalities. According to a report by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), between 1989 and 2009, nearly 9,000 pedestrians were killed and hundreds of thousands were injured on Canadian roads.
The report, entitled Countermeasures to Improve Pedestrian Safety in Canada provides an in-depth analysis of strategies and best practices to improve pedestrian safety. The report reframes the concept of pedestrian safety by describing the importance of utilizing a comprehensive safe system approach and the role of key players in contributing to these improvements:
- The role of the pedestrian
- The role of the driver
- The role of the roadway system
- The role of the vehicle
The CCMTA is a non-for-profit organization, which is comprised of representatives from all three levels of government in Canada, as well as associates from the private sector. Through collaborative consultations, the CCMTA makes decisions on administration and operational matters dealing with the licensing, registration and control of motor vehicle transportation and highway safety, as well as strategies and publications.