Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), in partnership with the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC), is pleased to announce the recipients of our inaugural Vision Zero Seed Grants. The grants support community driven road safety projects designed to reduce fatal and serious vehicle crashes.
The grants were established in alignment with Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Nadia Gunderson, Coordinator for Regional Prevention and Public Health at VCH believes in the importance of these grants as "…they will help local communities across VCH create safer roads, safer speeds, and help develop safer road users through a diverse range of projects. These are small, important steps towards a much larger vision of reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero in the region."
All First Nations, municipalities, and regional districts were invited to apply for this funding. The following communities have been granted funding for the 2019-2020 year:
Bowen Island Municipality – The project from Bowen Island includes the adoption of a by-law to establish speed limits and a framework for determining traffic calming measures with the installation of speed limit signs to encourage safe speeds.
Squamish Nation – The project from Squamish Nation is in partnership with HUB Cycling and will promote safe cycling education and active transportation strategies within the community. Two events will be held to facilitate family cycling education programs to promote cycling as a safe an accessible option with the goal of reducing traffic dangers and fatalities.
Village of Pemberton – The project from Pemberton is in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and includes the installation of a flashing crosswalk light on a key roadway to facilitate the safe passage of vulnerable road users.
Wuikinuxv Nation – The project from Wuikinuxv Nation includes the installation of speed signage to promote safe speeds in the community, establishing a local MADD chapter, hiring a community taxi to reduce impaired driving all heavily influenced by community engagement strategies.