Pedestrian safety starts with the pedestrian. Be alert, be aware of your surroundings, and follow these safe practices when travelling by foot.
As a pedestrian, your eyes are one of your most important tools. Make sure you use them to:
- Stop at the crosswalk and wait for a signal and the first whistle alert from the crossing guard.
- Wait for the crossing guard to make their way to the middle of the intersection. Once it is safe to cross, the guard will sound the second whistle alert.
- Residents and school children can now make their way across the intersection.
- Once everyone has crossed safely, the crossing guard will sound their third and final whistle alert to signify the way is clear.
- If you are not sure you have enough time to walk across the street, don't take the chance - wait for the next cycle
- Avoid using any device that distracts you or impairs your hearing such as a music player or cell phone
- Ensure you have a good range of vision. Clothing with hoods can obstruct your peripheral vision and prevent you from seeing approaching vehicles
- Wear bright clothing or reflective materials, especially at night. Dark clothing may be fashionable, but is almost impossible to see in the dark
- Avoid stepping out from between parked cars. Many parked vehicles, such as minivans or SUVs, can totally obstruct a driver's view of a pedestrian.
Watch the video below to learn more pedestrian safety tips.
For more information about pedestrian safety, please visit the Government of Ontario's webpage dedicated to pedestrian safety.