Pedestrian Safety Tips
Use these 3 tips to stay safe as a pedestrian.
As these situations continue to occur, we hear stories about lives lost and collisions that could have been prevented. It is increasingly important that all road users take safety seriously. As a pedestrian, you are more physically vulnerable and at a high risk for serious injury involving a vehicle. Seniors are especially vulnerable in these situations, and are killed in pedestrian accidents at a staggeringly high rate.
Toronto is increasingly becoming more crowded and more challenging to navigate. When you are a pedestrian it is essential that you are actively aware of your surroundings and take as many safety measures as you can.
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Mid-block crossings are especially dangerous areas for pedestrians. Out of the first five pedestrian deaths this year in Toronto, three of them occurred at mid-block crossings. Left turns by drivers at intersections are also particularly dangerous, even with increased driving laws. Recent changes prohibit drivers from moving through a cross walk while a pedestrian is crossing, however this law does not apply to cross walks at an intersection with traffic lights or a stop sign.
Whether you’re walking down the street to grab a coffee or walking to work, it’s important to remember certain precautions to help keep yourself safe.
Three pedestrian safety tips to remember:
- You’re invisible. Never assume a driver can see you. Remember to make eye contact with the driver before you cross - especially in low light or bad weather.
- Use the crosswalk. We know it’s tough in a large city like Toronto, but you should avoid jay walking in favour of cross walks. Just always remember to wait until the walking symbol lights up before crossing.
- Be alert. Keep aware of your surroundings, look where you’re going and always staying off your phone when crossing.
We hope these tips will help you keep safe as a pedestrian in your city. Want to join in on the conversation? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @OnliaCA #OnliaCA.