Fatal crossings, a look at pedestrian crashes

FeaturedFatal crossings, a look at pedestrian crashes

With city hall poised to implement its first pedestrian strategy this year, my colleague Annalise Klingbeil and I examined a decades’ worth of traffic collision data and spoke with Calgarians whose lives were forever changed after their loved ones were hit by a vehicle.

The figures speak for themselves. Every day (on average), at least one person is hit on Calgary’s streets, over 85 per cent resulting in injury. Nearly 10 people are killed each year. 

Shockingly, drivers fled the scene almost one-fifth of the time. Further, police report pedestrians had the right of way more than half the time (53 per cent) compared to 21 per cent where the driver had the right of way. 

These figures don’t include collisions on private property or the dozens, perhaps hundreds, or more minor incidents that go unreported each year. While the city data is based on police records, different reporting methods resulted in minor discrepancies.

Read the full stories in the Calgary Herald:

Sick days climb at Calgary public school board

With growing classroom sizes and an aging, stressed-out workforce, paid sick days at the Calgary Board of Education have climbed significantly over the past five years and cost the education system more than $136.5 million over that period.

New figures obtained by the Herald show full-time public school teachers claimed 51,470 sick days in 2013, up 22 per cent from 2009 levels. Full-time non-teaching staff — everyone from support workers to administration to janitors — missed 27,627 days in 2013 due to illness, up 55 per cent from 2009.

That represents a combined estimated value of lost time of $136.5 million over that five-year period.

This story was first published Feb. 7, 2015 in the Calgary Herald. Read the full story here. 

View the interactive version here.

CBE sick days



Calgary’s $1.4-billion West LRT opens to great fanfare

Calgary’s $1.4-billion West LRT opens to great fanfare

Politicians, city officials and transit-loving Calgarians celebrated Saturday morning the ceremonial opening of the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history: the $1.4-billion west LRT. (Read full story here.)

“Transit matters. Transit investments are among the best investments any city can make, any government can make for that matter. They’re investments in reducing congestion, investments in improving air quality, and they’re investments in increasing social mobility for everyone in the community.”
— Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Below are a few shots from ceremonial opening of the refurbished West Kerby Station and the opening of the West LRT line.

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Pots, pans and protest

Pots, pans and protest

On May 30, roughly 170 Calgarians joined thousands of Canadians in a nation-wide casserole rally in support of Quebec students who have protested proposed tuition hikes, as well as Bill 78 — a law the Quebec government recently passed that restricts public assemblies.

(The video and photos were shot entirely on an iPhone. Most of the photos were shot using the TiltShift Generator app.)