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We Are Doing a Great Job But Can Always Do Better!

After proudly serving as a member of the Calgary City Police for over 21 years I can say that public safety is one of my top priorities. That is why yesterday, after reflecting on Administration’s report at Transportation and Transit Standing Policy Committee meeting, I moved to have the Traffic Safety Plan for 2018-2022 brought before Council. This action passed unanimously at committee and when the plan is brought before Council I will be providing my full support for this public safety initiative.

Over the last several years I have heard from residents of Ward 4 that pedestrian and traffic safety is of great importance to them. That is why on February 10th 2016 I took it upon myself to host a WARD 4 Pedestrian Safety Open House. During this event stakeholders and representatives from the community, the Calgary Police Service and the City of Calgary gathered to talk about this issue. I heard feedback from over 100 residents and was able to then use that feedback in advocating for the implementation of various traffic calming measures throughout Ward 4. In fact, this event was so successful that the City of Calgary, in conjunction with the Calgary Police Service, has decided to host Pedestrian Safety Open Houses throughout the other 13 wards in Calgary.

Although Calgary has the lowest casualty collision rate (see chart below) in all of Canada, something we need to share with our residents, I know we can always do more. That is why I supported this motion yesterday and will continue to do so as we move forward. I strongly feel that safety initiatives, which encourage both awareness and education, are vital to ensuring our mobility routes in Calgary are as safe as possible. Pedestrian and traffic safety is the responsibility of everyone. Period.  It is imperative that each of us take accountability for our own actions and ensure Calgary remains as safe as possible. Together, as a city, we can work toward lasting solutions.

City All casualty collision rate

(Collisions/100,000 population)

Pedestrian casualty collision rate

(Collisions/100,000 population)

Calgary (2015) 205 25.2
Edmonton (2015) 342 36.7
Ottawa (2015) 395 37.0
Toronto (2015) 530 49.9

 

 

Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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