From an urban traffic perspective, rural roads can offer a tranquil respite. Often overlooked, however, are the barriers they present to active transportation and the inherent safety risks for all road users.
TCAT’s 2016 Complete Streets summer intern – Yvonne Verlinden – decided to take a deep dive to understand this important issue. What she found may surprise you. For example, that motor vehicle deaths are two to three times higher in rural areas, and that 11 out of every 100 pedestrian collisions are fatal, as opposed to two per 100 in urban areas.
The backgrounder, intended as a resource for other municipalities tackling these issues, features different approaches that municipalities across Canada are using to implement Complete Streets in rural contexts. Innovations include Bike and Buggy Lanes in Waterloo, an Active Living Corridor in Thunder Bay, and a Road Cross-Section Bylaw in Clearwater, a town of less than 3,000.
Rural Complete Streets is posted along with a number of other backgrounders on the Complete Streets for Canada website.