The City encourages residents to walk, bike and ride transit to reduce congestion, improve air quality and allow for more reliable goods movement. With the addition of emerging mobility options gaining popularity, it is more important than ever to remind residents to share our streets safely and respectfully.
Below are some tips to help be mindful of other users and aware of your surroundings when walking, cycling and driving.
Following the rules of the road ensures the safety of all drivers and other users. When a driver fails to follow the laws of the Motor Vehicle Act there is a price to pay particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. Being alert of all vulnerable users including pedestrians and cyclists and never driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs help keeps the road safe particularly during fall and winter when visibility is poor.
Drivers and cyclist have the same rights and responsibilities.
Be focused on the road and driving, and put electronic devices away.
Look out for pedestrians at all times – especially during bad weather, at night and when backing up.
Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk as a pedestrian/cyclist is crossing.
Check for cyclists when opening car doors.
Park and stop vehicle only were permitted - do not stop/park in a crosswalk or designated bike lane.
Shoulder check when making a right turn and check blind spots for any approaching cyclists.
Be patient and extra careful with cyclist in a roundabout, narrow street and intersection.
Pay attention to the cyclist’s hand signals when turning left, right and stopping.
Be aware that some cyclists on e-bikes may approach at a higher speed than you expect.
Walking plays an important role in improving our quality of life. It encourages a healthy and safe community with less reliance on driving. To further enhance the enjoyment of walking, pedestrians and drivers should be mindful of one another.
Obey the rules of the road – signs and signals.
Cross at intersections and designated pedestrian crosswalks.
Look for vehicles in all directions, including those turning left or right, before crossing the street, intersection or driveway.
Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to ensure they are aware of you.
Do not use personal electronic devices when crossing the street - remove headphones.
At traffic signalized intersections, do not cross the street when signal begins flashing an upraised hand symbol or/ “Don’t Walk”.
Be mindful and move aside when cyclists approach along multi-use pathways.
Be aware that e-bikes may approach faster than anticipated.
Walk on sidewalks when available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
Wear bright and reflective clothing, especially during bad weather and at night.