Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program

Congratulations to our 2021/2022 recipients!

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Projects Funded

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We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all of the recipients of the 2021/2022 BC Vision Zero in Road Safety for Vulnerable Road Users Program!

37 projects were funded across the five regional Health Authorities to fund infrastructure and other types of road safety improvements to Indigenous governments, local governments and non-governmental organizations (e.g., school districts, Parent Advisory Councils, road safety advocacy groups, etc.), with the goal of reducing injuries to vulnerable road users.

The Program is funded by the Ministry of Health ($350,000) and by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure ($200,000).* Funding amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000, and the project term is for one year: April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. 

The Program was established with the goal of generating immediate and long-term injury reduction benefits for vulnerable road users in underserved communities, Indigenous communities, and small and remote communities. It will also help to advance the implementation of innovative, technology-driven, proven and low-cost road safety crash countermeasures.

*Vancouver Coastal Health contributed $84,000 to the program.

 

The Program has two streams:

  • Stream #1 is for local governments focused on low-cost infrastructure changes to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
  • Stream #2 is for Indigenous governments and has more open-ended criteria designed to enable Indigenous governments to set their own road safety priorities in line with a government-to-government working relationship.

 

Funding for the program was provided by the British Columbia Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and administered by the regional Health Authorities and the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit.

Funded Projects

11 Projects Funded

City of Chilliwack and SAY Lands | SAY Chilliwack River Road Speed Reader Board | $10,191
Funds will support the installation and evaluation of speed reader boards along Chilliwack River Road.

City of Pitt Meadows | Pitt Meadows Elementary Road Safety and Pedestrian Crossing Improvements | $7,800
Funding will program and optimize signals for four leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs) and contribute to the application of school zone pavement markings.

City of Surrey | Lena Shaw School Streets Pilot | $4,875
This project will temporarily close the street in front of the school during morning drop off and afternoon pick up and use the vacant space in front of the school for engagement regarding safety and active transportation.

City of Surrey/Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee (SUILC) | Skookum Surrey Road Safety – Urban Indigenous Engagement | $10,000
Funding will support a collaborative partnership between the City of Surrey, the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee, and Skookum Surrey to plan and implement culturally-appropriate engagement sessions regarding how to improve road safety for the Surrey Indigenous community.

HUB Cycling Burnaby | Holdom Overpass Safe Intersection Project | $1,750
This project will undertake an active transportation safety review of the Holdom area, develop a list of appropriate evidence-based vulnerable road user (VRU) road safety interventions for the Holdom overpass project, undertake a delegation to the City of Burnaby’s Traffic Safety Committee, and promote options to improve VRU safety for the Holdom overpass project.

HUB Cycling Pitt Meadows | Katzie First Nation Youth Community Safe Cycling Project | $12,800
This project will organize and support, in partnership with Katzie First Nation, a cycling safety and mentoring program for Katzie Nation Indigenous youth.

Leq’á:mel First Nation | Leq’á:mel’s Vision Zero Road Safety Improvements | $10,250
This project will identify needs for and install road safety signage, and conduct community-led engagement regarding road safety for vulnerable road users.

Seabird Island Band | Seabird Island Community Road Safety Project | $11,000
This project will replace or install new road safety signage to better protect vulnerable road users in the community, and support community-led engagement regarding road safety.

Shxw’owhamel Band | Safety on the Road | $13,334
Funding will support the construction of a separated path to facilitate safer active transportation in the Shxw’owhamel community.

Sts’ailes First Nation | Sts’ailes Vision Zero Road Safety Improvements | $11,000
This project will identify needs for and install road safety signage, and conduct community-led engagement regarding road safety for vulnerable road users.

Tsawwassen First Nation | Falcon Way Pedestrian Safety and Streetscape Design | $6,000
This project will improve safety through the purchase and installation of bollards, tactile strips, speed humps, street benches, and design purchase and fabrication of crosswalk stencils.

5 Projects Funded

City of Kelowna | KLO & Spiers Crosswalk Safety Project | $19,000
This project will install interim pedestrian safety improvements until a future bridge replacement project is performed at intersection of KLO and Spiers Road. It includes a zebra crosswalk with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) to cross a main arterial, curb extensions using modular traffic calming curbs, a parallel line crosswalk on the stop controlled crossroad, and curb adjustments for accessibility.

District of 100 Mile House | Residential Road Safety Project | $20,000
This project will install permanent speed reduction bumps and warning signs on two residential streets leading to the community’s primary sports fields in an established neighbourhood. The streets see high-traffic volumes before and after game times, with speeds often in excess of the 30km/hr posted speed limit. Vulnerable road users are currently sharing the road with vehicles, as there are no sidewalks and limited space to construct new sidewalks.

District of Sicamous | Beach Park Trail | $20,000
This project will raise and resurface the Beach Walk paving stone trail with asphalt that connects a residential neighborhood with the Downtown. Pedestrians currently either use this pathway or must walk the shoulder of the Trans Canada Highway. There are also concerns related to the condition of the trail due to accessibility issues (users with walkers or mobility scooters). A paved surface would promote safer travel and enhance utility for shared use, including, walkers, scooters, strollers, bicycles, and roller blades.

Tsideldel First Nation | Tsideldel – Safe Crossing Project | $20,000
This project will create a safe crossing point of Highway 20 where the two portions of the Tsideldel reserve intersect with Highway 20 at location where a fatal incident occurred in 2019. The desired outcome is high-visibility signage that reduces person, animal, and motor vehicle incidents. At present, the project safety measure is still to be determined and planning process is dependent on the participation of stakeholders (including the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) coming together to meet, discuss, and scope out a low-cost and high-value solution.

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it First Nation (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) | Increasing Community Safety and Visibility in Tobacco Plains | $20,000
This project will install three Solo Advanced Solar Off-Grid Lighting to increase pedestrian safety along one of the most frequently traveled roadways in the community which leads to the Village site and the Community Hall. Funding will help support/kick-start the community Active Transportation and Well Being Plan as a way to improve non-motorized transportation and active and healthy living in the community.

6 Projects Funded

Cumberland Community School Parent Advisory Council (CCSPAC) | Village on the Move Safe Travel Project | $12,859.80
This multi-dimensional project led by the CCSPAC involves improving safety for school-aged children at the Cumberland Community School in the Village of Cumberland. The project will install speed-activated radar warning strobe lights in addition to signage and fencing that will direct vulnerable road users to cross safely at the designated crosswalk.

District of Metchosin | Happy Valley Road Safety Project | $10,000
In partnership with the District of Metchosin, this safety improvement involves the installation of solar-powered pedestrian- and cyclist-activated crossing signs at a location where the Galloping Goose Trail (a shared use path) crosses a curved and high-volume section of Happy Valley Road where driver sight lines are compromised.

Ecole Oceanside Elementary School | Crosswalk Safety Improvements | $17,580
An innovative traffic calming approach, led by the Parent Advisory Council of Ecole Oceanside Elementary School, in Parksville, will deploy a suite of portable traffic calming measures including two solar powered speed feedback signs, a crosswalk safety sign, and four drop off safety cones.

Island Pathways | Cycling Skills and Safety on Salt Spring | $17,800
This multi-faceted project, led by Island Pathways on Salt Spring Island, entails the delivery of cycling safety skills training, the distribution of free bicycle helmets and the installation of a speed reader board on Lower Ganges Road where a new and lower speed limit is in place.

Macaulay Road and Area Neighbourhood Association (MRANA) | Macaulay Road Traffic Calming Initiatives | $8,193.22
The Macaulay Road and Area Neighborhood Association will deploy a solar-powered flashback speed sign (equipped with a portable dolly) on Macaulay Road, located in the rural area of the Comox Valley, where pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians must move off the road when vehicles approach with many travelling at high rates of speed. Ciaran Martin, aged 16, was longboarding when he was killed on this road in 2014.

Township of Esquimalt | Macaulay Elementary School Speed Reduction | $17,000
In partnership with ICBC and the Township of Esquimalt, this school traffic calming project involves the installation of two solar powered speed feedback signs and new school zone pavement markings on Lampson Street by the École Macaulay Elementary School where vehicle speeds and volumes are high.

5 Projects Funded

Cycle 16 Trail Society (Smithers) | Smither/Telkwa Multi-Use Trail | $20,000
Funding will complete Phase 1 of the Smither/Telkwa multi-use trail. Funding will go towards purchasing 47 anti-graffiti signs, two eco-counters and four bike racks.

“The Board of Cycle 16 Trail Society is happy to announce that it is pedalling closer to the goal of building a 12 km paved multi-use trail between the Town of Smithers and the Village of Telkwa in north-central B.C. Sufficient funding has been secured to complete construction of Phase 1, which will begin in June 2022. The trail will create a healthy and safe transportation option for people of all ages and fitness levels. The Board is grateful for the continued support of our membership, stakeholders, local businesses, and all funding entities in making the dream of a legacy trail for future generations a reality.” Janet Harris, Treasurer, Cycle 16 Trail Society

Northern Brain Injury Association (Prince George) | Road Safety and Community Education | $19,000
Funding will allow for bike rodeos to be hosted in 25 communities across Northern BC.

“Our project will focus on organizing bike rodeos to ensure that cyclists of all ages have the tools for safe bike riding on public roads while ensuring that ‘sharing the road’ principles are followed. We will strive to ensure that helmets are worn correctly and are appropriate for the activity being enjoyed. Our program will be expanded to include winter sports. We will target ski hills and backcountry enthusiasts. We will promote the use of helmet safety.” Ryan Challen, Community Coordinator, Northern Brain Injury Association

Saulteau First Nations (Moberly Lake) | Saulteau First Nations Playground | $20,000
This project aims to decrease speeds on the roads around the new playground by using signage and a solar speed radar sign.  Signs will be in English and the Plains Cree language, to promote their traditional language.

“Saulteau First Nations has been focusing efforts on creating public gathering spaces to enrich social interaction and encourage healthy lifestyles; the funding received through the Vision Zero in Road Safety for Vulnerable Road Users Program will no doubt increase the safety of our outdoor gathering spaces, parks, and playgrounds, by providing signage to slow down drivers where children are at play. Thank you Northern Health Authority for this program!” Teena Demeulemeester, TREP Supervisor, Saulteau First Nations

XaaydaGa Dlaang Society – Skidegate Health Centre (Haida Village of Skidegate) | Improving Xaayda Laas (Haida People) Road Safety | $20,000
Funding will purchase a number of high visibility vests and rechargeable LED safety lights to give to community members. Six movable “children at play” signs will also be purchased to slow drivers down. The signs will be placed outside playgrounds and preschools where they will have the most impact.

“The safety of our community is one of our highest concerns. Although, we cannot control how fast others drive or remain safe in their use of the roads; we can empower individuals to create awareness by improving their own visibility when outside, going for a walk, and enjoying our beautiful outdoors with confidence and safety.” Lauren Brown, Health Director – XaaydaGa Dlaang Society – Skidegate Health Centre

Village of Fraser Lake | Highway Speed Reduction Program | $20,000
Funding will install two solar panel speed boards as road users enter the 50 km/hr speed zone in the Village of Fraser Lake.

“The Village of Fraser Lake is thankful for this funding and enthusiastically looking forward to the installation of our Highway 16 speed boards. With Highway 16 running through our community, the speed boards will alert drivers to the 50 km/hr speed limit that is posted through our community. By slowing traffic, we will improve pedestrian and intersection safety. Slower vehicle speeds result in fewer collisions and better outcomes where injuries do occur. Thank you for your support of our community.” Rodney J. Holland, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Fraser Lake

 

 

 

10 Projects Funded

City of Powell River | Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons | $10,000
The City of Powell River plans to install a rapid rectangular flashing beacon at a crosswalk to improve pedestrian and other vulnerable road user safety in the community, and encourage more active transportation.  

City of Powell River | Traffic Calming, All-Way Stop Control, Pedestrian Path, and Painted Crosswalk at Henderson Elementary | $20,000
Speeding around Henderson Elementary School in Powell River has been a longstanding community concern. The grant will support the implementation of several traffic calming measures, including an all-way stop, painted walkway, painted crosswalk, speed humps, and curb extensions. This project is co-funded by ICBC.

District of West Vancouver | 30 km/hr Speed Reduction Pilot Project | $20,000
The District of West Vancouver will use grant funds to expand on a one-year 30km/hr speed reduction pilot. The expanded pilot will install 30km/hr signs on local streets within two neighborhoods in West Vancouver. The pilot will target a 10km/hr average speed reduction and will be assessed through traffic counts (speed, volume, class) at baseline, six months, and one year. The program aligns with the District Council’s strategic objectives to improve mobility and reduce congestion for people and goods and diversify, expand, and improve the safety and appeal of active transportation options.

Langdale Elementary PAC | Active School Travel Program 2022-2023 | $20,000
The Active School Travel Program 2022-2023 is a public awareness campaign led by Langdale Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to increase the number of students and community members walking and biking in Langdale, a small community on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Through community engagement, partnerships, and educational events, the program aims to encourage conversations about road safety and active transportation, ultimately increasing the number of active transportation users and decreasing the amount of vulnerable road user injuries in the community.

Musqueam Indian Band | Musqueam Road Markings Project | $13,787.50
Musqueam Indian Band will use the grant to enhance local road markings, including speed bumps, crosswalks, stop lines, slow and stop stencils, and the community’s first crosswalk. The Chief and Council have received reports of many speeding and ‘close-call’ incidents, and the project aims to improve safety for pedestrians and other active transportation users.

Musqueam Indian Band | Musqueam Traffic Circle Project | $25,000
This project will allow for the installation of a traffic circle to improve safety for pedestrians and other active transportation users.

Nuxalk Nation | Community Bus Shelter | $20,000
Nuxalk Nation, located in the Bella Coola Valley, will use the grant to build the community’s first bus stop shelter. A new transportation agreement with School District #49 includes a bus route through both communities in Nuxalk. The shelter will provide a visible and protected location for children and youth who use this service. This project aligns with the community’s strategic plan to increase health and safety measures for all ages, and will be a flagship project for other bus shelters in the area.

School District 46 | Best Routes to School Maps | $20,000
School District 46 (SD 46), in partnership with Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TraC), will use the grant to expand on the Best Routes to School active transportation map program started with Gibsons Elementary School PAC. Nine additional elementary school PACs on the Sunshine Coast will work with SD 46 to upgrade or create maps that identify safe routes for cycling and walking to school. The Best Routes to School Maps will encourage safe, active travel and ultimately increase the number of children walking, and/or cycling to school in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, and Pender Harbour.

Richmond Poverty Reduction Coalition | Improving Pedestrian Safety at Richmond through Vision Zero Strategies | $15,000
The Richmond Poverty Reduction Coalition (RPRC) aims to reduce poverty and the impacts of poverty with research, projects, and public education. RPRC will use grant funds to support a pedestrian safety survey, designed and executed by a network of low-income Richmond residents with lived experience. RPRC will share a final report with the City of Richmond.

Ulkatcho First Nation | Road Safety Signs and Equipment | $19,926.92
This project will install stop signs, speed signage, and speed bumps in the community. The grant will also support regular plowing and sanding maintenance of roadways and parking lots in main community areas, including the clinic, Band office, and community hall.

*Note: Vancouver Coastal Health contributed an additional $84,000 for 2021/2022 Vision Zero Grant Funding.

Other Road Safety Funding Opportunities

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

  • The Road Improvement Program works with various provincial road authorities, including First Nations, to help fund and implement roadway infrastructure projects that are aimed to make roadways safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
  • The Community Grants Program helps make a difference in the lives of British Columbians by supporting the road safety and injury recovery initiatives of community organizations. This call for proposals closes Feb 15, 2022.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 

  • The Transit Minor Betterments Program is improving how British Columbians get around in a major way. Ministry staff partner with local governments, BC Transit, and TransLink to identify and deliver projects. The contact for this program is Linda Harmon.
  • The Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program cost shares investments in active transportation with Indigenous and local governments. The program provides grants for infrastructure or network planning and promotes the development of a safe, efficient and integrated multi-modal transportation system in communities. To support communities in their active transportation infrastructure planning, the Province of BC has developed an Active Transportation Design Guide.
  • The Active School Travel Pilot Program is an initiative led by BC Healthy Communities Society and is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The goal of the program is to support more students to walk, bike and scoot to and from school, by funding schools to test adapted materials from existing evidence-based Active School Travel Programs. Applications for the 2022 Active School Travel Pilot Program are now closed.

Union of BC Municipalities

  • The Active Transportation Planning Grant is funded by the Province of BC and delivered through the Union of BC Municipalities and enables local governments to receive funding to incorporate or strengthen active transportation components of their community development plans.

Government of Canada

  • The $2.75 billion Zero Emission Transit Fund is now accepting applications under the Planning and Capital streams. Eligible applicants can seek funding to help cover planning and capital costs related to shifting public transit systems to cleaner electrical power, including the purchase of zero-emission buses and related infrastructure. This Fund is closely coordinated with the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion in zero emission buses as part of its three-year Growth Plan.
  • The $400 million Active Transportation Fund is now accepting applications from eligible applicants who wish to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails, and pedestrian bridges. Funding is available for planning projects as well as capital projects.
  • The $250 million Rural Transit Solutions Fund is now accepting applications under the Capital Projects stream. Eligible applicants can seek funding contributions to help cover capital costs such as the purchase of vehicles or digital platforms, as well as to support zero-emission transit solutions such as the purchase of zero-emission vehicles. The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.

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