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:
- Look both ways before you cross the street
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to convey your intentions
- Stay within the marked crosswalk so drivers have the best chance of seeing you.
- Always press the button for the walk signal. This alerts the signal equipment you are there and will increase the time you have to cross
- 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.
For more information about pedestrian safety, please visit the Government of Ontario's webpage dedicated to pedestrian safety.