October is Pedestrian Safety Month
Stay aware when driving or walking
Over 50% of collisions between pedestrians and cars happen when drivers are making turns at intersections and pedestrians are crossing with the right-of-way.
Let’s work together to stay safe while sharing the road.
When you’re walking:
- Press pedestrian pushbuttons. These pushbuttons trigger the ‘Walk’ signal, giving you more time to cross.
- When the ‘Don’t Walk’ signal is flashing, do not start crossing the street. This signal means, “Finish crossing, don’t start.”
When you’re driving:
- Double-check for pedestrians when turning left or right.
- Watch for pedestrians as you get closer to an intersection.
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.
To learn more and to test your pedestrian safety IQ, visit Pedestrian safety and follow #PedestrianSafetyPeel. To report a transportation safety issue, call 311.
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