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Transport Canada's actions to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on Canada's roadways

Transport Canada is always looking at ways to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced that Transport Canada and the provinces and territories will establish a new task force to discuss safety measures to reduce injuries and fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and heavy trucks.

Established under the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), federal, provincial and territorial members of the task force will be assessing the effectiveness of possible countermeasures to address collisions involving vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) and heavy trucks.   

The task force is not limited in what it can explore, and will examine several potential countermeasures, including cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs focused on identifying risks and safer driver practices.

Heavy trucks, due to their size, present a unique safety risk to vulnerable road users. Research shows that driver visibility is a major cause in fatal collisions involving these groups.

Transport Canada will look at the potential benefits of modern technologies, such as sensors and cameras, to improve the visibility of vulnerable road users around heavy trucks and improve safety for all road users. As part of the study, the department will test these technologies at its motor vehicle test centre. The desired outcome is to identify the most effective solutions for protecting the safety of these individuals. ‎The results of the study will help inform policy, and could lead to federal and/or provincial regulatory measures.

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