Who's Who

Lots of People Get Around in Different Ways

Burlington has lots of people trying to get around in many different ways:

  • drivers and passengers of motor vehicles (buses, trucks, cars, motorcycles, scooters, ebikes);
  • pedestrians (on foot, or using personal mobility devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, scooters);
  • cyclists, skateboarders, and rollerbladers...

...of all ages (children, teens, adults, and seniors) and abilities. Not everyone can see well; not everyone can hear well; not everyone is fleet-footed.

But mobility is important to everyone. We all need to get around.

Some People are Much More Vulnerable than Others

Pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and rollerbladers are much more vulnerable to traumatic injury and death from road crashes than motor vehicle drivers and passengers are.

Pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and rollerbladers of all ages and abilities are our most vulnerable road users.

Relative Weights of a Child, an Adult, a Car,
an SUV or light truck, and a Bus





They really are a lot smaller!

And they are less protected, less visible, slower, and less manoeuvrable. They are much more vulnerable.

Speed Matters to Vulnerable Road Users — a Lot!

At usual motor vehicle speeds throughout our neighbourhoods (that is, between 40 and 67 km/hr), small changes in vehicle speed can greatly increase the probability of severe injury or death to pedestrians.

The following figures are based on information provided by Brian C. Tefft of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, D.C., as published in the paper Tefft, Brian C., 2013. Impact speed and a pedestrian's risk of severe injury or death. Accident Analysis and Prevention 50(2013)871-878. The author's "miles per hour" speed units have been converted to "kilometers per hour" for this presentation.

Probability of Severe Injury or Death to
Pedestrians at Different Impact Speeds (km/h)





At an impact speed of just 40 km/hr, the probability of severe injury or death to a pedestrian is about 26 %.

About 1 pedestrian in 4 will be severely injured, or die, from an impact at that speed.

Probability of Severe Injury or Death to
Pedestrians at Different Impact Speeds (km/h)





An increase in the speed of impact from 40 to 53 km/hr...

Probability of Severe Injury or Death to
Pedestrians at Different Impact Speeds (km/h)





...doubles the probability of severe injury or death to pedestrians, from 26 to 52 %.

About 2 pedestrians in 4 will be severely injured, or die, from an impact at that speed.

Probability of Severe Injury or Death to
Pedestrians at Different Impact Speeds (km/h)





An increase in the speed of impact from 40 to 67 km/hr...

Probability of Severe Injury or Death to
Pedestrians at Different Impact Speeds (km/h)





...triples the probability of severe injury or death to pedestrians, from 26 to 77 %.

About 3 pedestrians in 4 will be severely injured, or die, from an impact at that speed.

Source: Tefft, Brian C., 2013. Impact speed and a pedestrian's risk of severe injury or death. Accident Analysis and Prevention 50(2013)871-878.