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Public Works Transportation For Residents Pedestrian Crossing Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Everyone has a role to play in making our roads safe.

Take our Pedestrian Safety Quiz to test your knowledge.

Pedestrians Drivers
  • Stop, look, and listen before crossing, even when it is your turn to cross.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before you proceed.
  • Avoid distractions like texting, cellphones and headphones when crossing the street.
  • After dark, drivers cannot see people in dark clothing until it is too late. Be bright at night; wear reflective materials or lights when walking at night, dawn and dusk.
  • Jaywalking is dangerous; cross at pedestrian crossings.
  • Look for pedestrians, especially when turning left or right.
  • Avoid any handheld electronic devices (texting or talking) or other distractions when driving. Give the road your full attention.
  • Pedestrians are hard to see at night, dawn and dusk. Be extra vigilant.
  • Drive within the posted speed limits and adjust according to weather and traffic conditions.

Where do pedestrians have the right of way?

Crosswalks at stop signs or traffic lights when the walk signal is displayed.

School crossings when a crossing guard is on duty.

Pedestrian crossovers identified by signs that say "Stop for pedestrians".

Crossovers are typically located:

  • in the middle of a block
  • at intersections without traffic lights
  • at right turn lane channels, where pedestrians cross to an island before pushing the pedestrian push button.

Pedestrian crossovers have been built in Caledon East on Old Church Road, and in Palgrave on Regional Road 50. Crossovers are also being integrated at the right-turn channels of intersections maintained by the Region of Peel. (The Region of Peel maintains these roads.)

Drivers and cyclists must wait for pedestrians to cross the entire roadway at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers. Failure to follow this law can result in 3 demerit points and a fine of $150 to $500.

This rule does not apply at stop signs or traffic lights unless a crossing guard is present.

At stop signs and traffic lights, drivers should be extra vigilant when making left or right turns and give the right of way to pedestrians.

For cycling safety information, visit Walk and Roll Peel.

Know your signals for safety.



Tips for crossing safely

  • Look for pedestrian push buttons. Pushing the button is important because it will bring up the walk signal and give you more time to cross. If there is no push button, the pedestrian signal will come up automatically.
  • Sometimes you need to wait an entire light cycle before the walk signal is displayed.
  • When the walk signal appears, make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you. Always check that it is safe to cross the road before crossing.


What should I do if a pedestrian signal is not working properly?

Please call Peel Public Works at 905-791-7800 to report a problem.

Revised: Monday May 07 2018


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