Safe and Healthy Community

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The Goal

Physical and mental health and safety from hazards such as fire, crime, and traffic.

TARGET MEASURE BASELINE
Decrease the percentage of population with chronic illness  
2% decrease by 2020
(Interim baseline)
2011: Urban Yukoners with:
High blood pressure: 11%
COPD: 3.1%
Diabetes: 5.3%
Heart disease: 2%
Increase use of trails, pedestrian pathways, and commuter routes 
35% increase by 2020 forthcoming
Decrease number of traffic accidents 10% decrease by 2020
Decrease graffiti and vandalism staff costs 5% decrease by 2020  2014 staff costs for graffiti and vandalism: $8507.79
Number of fire department callouts per capita decreases 5% decrease by 2020  628 callouts in 2014

 

Rationale

Safety and security is a basic need and an important determinant of quality of life. Perceived and actual sense of security is important for individuals to function and for communities to be healthy. Pedestrians, cyclists and transit users are more likely to use cars if they don’t feel safe.

Jurisdiction

Varied: high influence over traffic and road design, recreation, and fire protection. Medium influence over crime, personal safety, social services.

img_status_4_goodProgress

Good. Whitehorse has abundant recreation programs and outdoor recreation opportunities. There is a framework of paths separated from roads. Quality fire protection services are in place.