October is Pedestrian Safety Month
We all have a role to play in making our roads safe
Did you know that more than 50% of collisions between pedestrians and cars happen when drivers are making turns at intersections and pedestrians are crossing with the right-of-way.
As part of our Vision Zero plan, the Region together with our municipal partners is working with you to reduce injury and death caused by collisions.
Let’s work together to stay safe while sharing the road:
Safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists
- Stop, look, and listen before crossing, even when it is your turn to cross.
- Follow pedestrian safety signals and be aware.
- Where possible, make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before you proceed.
- Always cross at the pedestrian crossing, crosswalk or intersection.
- Avoid distractions like texting and cellphones when crossing the street.
- Pedestrians and cyclists can be hard to see at night, dawn and dusk. Wear bright clothing or reflective materials to increase visibility.
Safety tips for drivers
- Look for pedestrians, especially when turning left or right. Check the entire crosswalk for pedestrian and cyclists.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Visibility decreases when it’s dark. Be extra vigilant at night or early mornings.
- Avoid any handheld electronic devices or other distractions when driving. Give the road your full attention.
- Drive within the posted speed limits and adjust according to weather and traffic conditions.
- Be more cautious near transit stops and stations. These are locations of high pedestrian activity that can be unpredictable.
The Region of Peel is making infrastructure changes to improve pedestrian safety as part of the Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan.
These changes include:
- Building pedestrian crossovers to create more locations for pedestrians to cross with the right-of-way.
- Adding pedestrian crossovers to right turn channels, giving pedestrians the right-of-way to cross to the island.
- Reducing crossing distances by bumping out curbs and reducing lane widths.
- Investigating strategies like leading pedestrian intervals that give pedestrians the ‘Walk’ signal before drivers get a green light. The goal is to make pedestrians more visible to drivers turning left and right.
The Region of Peel has partnered with these organizations to bring you Pedestrian Safety Month:
- The City of Mississauga
- The City of Brampton
- The Town of Caledon
- Peel Regional Police
- The Caledon OPP detachment
- Teens Learn to Drive, and
- The Ontario Ministry of Transportation