Road Safety Story
Giving Pedestrians the Green Light
Pedestrians in Saanich have more time to cross the street, thanks to an ICBC partnership.
The municipality has introduced Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) at seven intersections. LPIs give pedestrians a head start on vehicles, improving the visibility of pedestrians, cyclists and people who have difficulty with mobility. ICBC’s Road Improvement Program provided $44,400 to Saanich’s LPI project in 2020/21, to help the city almost double its number of LPI intersections.
This new and increasingly popular measure is an inexpensive but impactful way to increase safety by allowing pedestrians to enter the crosswalk before motorized traffic gets a green signal. Research shows that LPIs can reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions at an intersection by 19 per cent, and all serious collisions by 17 per cent.
Since 1990, ICBC has invested approximately $209 million in over 7,500 road improvement projects in partnership with municipalities across B.C. as part of our commitment to making roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.