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Canada has over 1 million kilometers of roads, 38,000 kilometers of which are highways. Despite extreme cold weather and low population density, Canada maintains a wide network of high-quality roads. Canada is ranked 31st out of 141 countries in terms of quality of roads, much higher than Norway (49th) and Russian Federation (99th) facing similar weather and population density (World Bank, 2019).
Canadian highways also face some unique challenges. Many Canadian highways travel through wildlife reserves, consequently making wildlife collisions a fairly common risk. Canada is also home to North America’s busiest highway – Highway 401– which holds the record for worst pileups in Canadian history due to high vehicle speeds and extreme winter weather conditions. Winter weather conditions such as snowy and icy roads as well as lack of visibility are also responsible for almost 30% of vehicle accidents in Canada.
Canadians also spend an awful lot of time commuting to work, especially in large cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Approximately 17% of GTA residents spend over 70 minutes commuting every day.
We believe a smart city should keep citizens safe with streets that improve mobility for all modes of transportation. A smart city should actively employ strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and congestion, leading to improved air quality. Furthermore, a smart city should own its own data and use it to empower collaborative innovation among city departments, partners, academia, and developers who use that data to create innovative solutions to everyday problems. Once you’ve decided to make your city smarter, often the most difficult part is knowing where to start.