The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and Eco-Kare International are pleased to release the findings of their feasibility study to create a Canadian wildlife-vehicle collision clearinghouse. This study was made possible thanks to primary funding from Desjardins Insurance and secondary funding from the Ontario Wildlife Foundation.
In stage one of the study, researchers summarized the available data sources on wildlife-vehicle collisions in Canada. Researchers found that the problem of such collisions in Canada is significant but that despite available data sources, data were too limited to accurately measure their impact.
Of equal concern, data about the species involved in these collisions were found to be lacking. Complete data with species and accurate locations could aid researchers in the development and efficient implementation of species-specific and effective measures to increase road user and wildlife safety in problem areas. For example, the change of season from winter to spring is a time when road safety professionals remind Canadian drivers to be aware of not only increased traffic volume but also increased wildlife on the roads. With the proper data, drivers could be provided region-specific information about the increased collision risk associated with seasonal movement patterns of wildlife across roads.
During the second stage of the study, researchers investigated the feasibility of creating a centralized clearinghouse and developed an action plan for its creation. Availability of data and resource materials, and expertise required to develop key components of the clearinghouse were also studied. It is the hope of researchers to see the creation of a nation-wide wildlife-vehicle collision clearinghouse with data and resources based on a long-term vision.
About TIRF. Established in 1964, TIRF’s mission is to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. As a national, independent, charitable road safety research institute, TIRF designs, promotes, and implements effective programs and policies, based on sound research. TIRF is a registered charity and depends on grants, contracts, and donations to provide services for the public. Visit us online at www.tirf.ca or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tirfcanada.
About Eco-Kare. Eco-Kare International is a federally incorporated company established in Ontario, Canada in 2009 in response to an increasing demand for green infrastructure. Eco-Kare specializes in translating road ecology science into practical road mitigation solutions. Learn more about Eco-Kare at www.eco-kare.com or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ecoKare.
Click here to download the full review of literature and compendium of existing data sources.
Click here to download the complete Canadian wildlife-vehicle collision clearinghouse feasibility study.
Click here to learn more about the project.