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Data proves Whyte Avenue is and has been particularly dangerous

The statistics, which span from 2004-2014, demonstrate last year’s injuries are part of a larger trend, which has seen 205 pedestrians or cyclists injured crossing Whyte Avenue in the past 10 years

Whyte Avenue is a popular "destination street," but also a busy arterial road. The Whyte Avenue Reboot committee would like to find a balance to improve safety for the people who aren't just driving through.

Kevin Tuong/ For Metro

Whyte Avenue is a popular "destination street," but also a busy arterial road. The Whyte Avenue Reboot committee would like to find a balance to improve safety for the people who aren't just driving through.

A short, three-kilometre stretch of Whyte Avenue saw 18 pedestrians and cyclists injured in collisions with motorists last year, according to data obtained by Metro.

The data is the same set Edmonton has shared with the Whyte Avenue Reboot committee and illustrates the group’s chief concern — that Whyte Avenue is unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians.

The statistics, which span from 2004-2014, demonstrate last year’s injuries are part of a larger trend, which has seen 205 pedestrians or cyclists injured crossing or navigating Whyte Avenue in the past 10 years (179 of which happened directly on Whyte).  

Reboot committee member Murray Davison said lowering Whyte Avenue’s speed limit to 30 km/h and “an increase and updating of controlled crosswalks” would help protect the avenue’s vulnerable users.

“We just really want to have these meaningful conversations to come up with a community-based, collaborative solution,” Davison said.

Coun. Ben Henderson said a 30 km/h speed limit makes sense on Whyte. “[W]hen it’s busy and people are driving safely, they’re probably not driving faster than that anyways.

“We are having way too many accidents along there and I think we are going to have to step up and figure out what we are going to do.”

The #RebootWhyte group is holding an event Friday that will include a walk, bike and skate from Corbet Hall to the Isaak Kornelsen Memorial parklet.

The worst 5 spots on Whyte Avenue from 2004-2014

82 AVENUE @ 99 STREET NW -21 Accidents

82 AVENUE @ 109 STREET NW -17 Accidents

82 AVENUE @ 104 STREET NW -16 Accidents

82 AVENUE @ 101 STREET NW -11 Accidents

82 AVENUE @ 106 STREET NW -10 Accidents

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