Pedestrian Deaths, Seniors and the Walk and Be Seen Project 2016

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So far this year 11 pedestrians have died on Vancouver streets, the latest being a senior who was struck by a car at Yew Street  and 49th Avenue a few days ago. That is more than one citizen a month that is being killed, and the majority of those deaths are senior Vancouverites.  If it was a disease and  not cars killing residents, we would be calling this an epidemic.

In 2012 seniors (those folks that are over 65 years of age) were only 13.2 per cent of the population. Forty per cent of  pedestrian fatalities that year were seniors.

Two mindful and very involved women in the west side of Vancouver decided to do something about this. Lynn Shepherd and Sabina Harpe come from professional librarian and social work backgrounds and were deeply concerned with the fact that no one is looking at pedestrian safety in Vancouver winters.  Even…

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