November is Pedestrian Safety Month
Things to keep in mind to help improve pedestrian safety
- Always scan the intersection for pedestrians before turning left or right.
53% of pedestrians hit last year in Peel were struck by vehicles making turns.
- Give the road your full attention. Put devices out of reach or set to'Do not disturb'. A driver who uses a cell phone while driving is 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash, than a driver who is focused on the road.
- Press the button at all pedestrian crossings.
Bringing up the'Walk' signal will often give you more time to cross the road.
- Never step onto the road when the'Don't Walk' signal is displayed or flashing.
This signal means by law it is not your turn to cross.
- Always use clearly marked pedestrian crossings.
At crossings, drivers are expecting to stop for pedestrians
We are making infrastructure changes to improve pedestrian safety, as part of the Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan including:
- Building pedestrian crossovers to create more places 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.
These pedestrian safety tips have been put together as part of a community partnership involving the Region of Peel, the City of Brampton, the Town of Caledon, the City of Mississauga, Peel Regional Police, the Caledon OPP detachment, Teens Learn to Drive, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
To learn more and to test your knowledge on pedestrian safety visit peelregion.ca/pedestriansafety