Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrians are reminded to cross roads only at intersections and designated crosswalks and to make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb as motorists may be distracted with other activity in the area or may not see you due to bad weather conditions or darkness.When travelling in parking lots remember to walk facing traffic and be aware of vehicles pulling into and out of parking spaces. It is the responsibility of both the driver and pedestrian to ensure each others’ safety.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

Walking Along Streets

  • Do not walk in the middle of the road.
  • Walk along sidewalks. Walk along the inner side of the sidewalk to provide additional space between you and moving vehicles on the road.
  • If a sidewalk is not available, walk along the side of the road, facing on-coming traffic. Watch for vehicles pulling into and out of driveways.
  • Stop and make eye contact with the driver before proceeding.
  • Wear light coloured clothing and reflective material during bad weather conditions and at night to increase your visibility.
  • Avoid the use of devices such as ear pieces, cell phones and musical devices as these may distract you from seeing and hearing other activity that is going on around you.

Road Crossings

  • Do not step out from between parked cars or buses as cyclists and motorists are not expecting pedestrians to walk out into the road from these locations.
  • Do not jaywalk as cyclists and motorists are not expecting pedestrians to cross the road in the middle of the block.
  • Cross the road only at an intersection or designated crosswalk.
  • Always be cautious and pay attention to moving traffic as drivers might disobey traffic signals and not stop.
  • Look for cyclists and vehicles as you approach the intersection or crosswalk.
  • Look left, look right then look left again before stepping off the curb.
  • Obey pedestrian traffic signals.
  • Cross the road during a green light in the direction you are crossing, and if equipped with a pedestrian signal, only cross when the “WALK” symbol is displayed.
  • Do not cross the road during a red light in the direction you are crossing, and if equipped, do not ignore the “DO NOT WALK” symbol that can be expected prior to the traffic light changing back to red.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they have seen you.
  • Make sure vehicles have stopped before crossing the road.
  • Wear light coloured clothing and reflective material during bad weather conditions and at night to increase your visibility.
  • Avoid the use of devices such as ear pieces, cell phones and musical devices as these may distract you from seeing and hearing other activity that is going on around you.

Walking Within Parking Lots

  • Do not walk in the middle of the drive aisle.
  • If a sidewalk or designated pedestrian route is not available, walk on the side of the parking lot or drive aisle, facing on-coming traffic.
  • Watch for people getting into vehicles in the direction ahead of you are walking. Anticipate that they may be leaving in the vehicle shortly.
  • Watch for lit brakes lights and reverse lights. This usually an indication that a motorist is about to back their vehicle out of a parking space.
  • Make eye contact with persons in driver’s seats of parked vehicles about to be backed out of a parking space to ensure they have seen you.
  • Wear light coloured clothing and reflective material during bad weather conditions and at night to increase your visibility.
  • Avoid the use of devices such as ear pieces, cell phones and musical devices as these may distract you from seeing and hearing other activity that is going on around you.

Safety Tips for Cyclists and Motorists

  • Expect the unexpected. Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Watch for pedestrians at all times as they may not be paying attention and walk out into the road in front of you.
  • Watch for pedestrians walking out into the road after a bus has stopped at a bus stop to let passengers off. Be prepared to stop.
  • Watch for pedestrians and make eye contact with them when approaching intersections, crosswalks and when making left or right turns.
  • Be aware that older pedestrians may take longer to cross the road. Be patient.
  • Be aware of pedestrians still crossing the road during an amber traffic light condition or when the pedestrian signal orange light is flashing.
  • Be aware of vehicles stopped in the lane next to you as they may be stopped for pedestrians crossing the road.
  • Be alert and slow down through school zones.
  • Watch out for pedestrians while backing up your vehicle.
  • Obey traffic signals.

If you are a cyclist, be sure to follow the rules of the road and ride on the right hand side of the road or within designated bike lanes. Do not ride on sidewalks or on surfaces meant for pedestrians. Equip your bike with an audible device, such as a bell, in case you need to warn pedestrians of your presence.