Pedestrian Safety

"Will they stop? It's not like I'm invisible"

Watch out for pedestrians.

Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but pedestrians also have the responsibility to cross safely. From 2008 to 2012, on average each year in Alberta, almost 40 pedestrians were killed and almost 1,180 were injured.

For drivers

  • When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.
  • Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
  • Stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school and playground zones.

For pedestrians

  • Point, Pause, and Proceed. Be alert at intersections and always look for danger when crossing the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
  • Be seen! Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
  • Pay attention! Remove headphones; put away cellphones or other electronic devices when crossing the street. 
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road, facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible. 
  • If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation. 
  • Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place to protect your safety.

Source: Government of Alberta Transportation

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Last edited: November 29, 2019