Pedestrian Safety

If drivers and pedestrians assume a more attentive and informed approach, we can reduce the risks faced by all road users.

Did You Know?

  • On average, seven pedestrians are injured on BC’s roads every day
  • Across Canada, almost 14 percent of traffic fatalities are pedestrians

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Make sure you have ample time before crossing any street
  • Educate children on proper crossing and pedestrian practices
  • Make eye contact with motorists and be alert as to what’s going on around you
  • Be especially aware of traffic lights and vehicles’ turn signals
  • Wear reflective patches or clothing
  • Where there is no sidewalk or pathway, walk on the far left-hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic
  • Don’t walk on dark roadways at night
  • Use common sense every time you step out onto the road or street

Tips for Drivers

Responsibility starts with improving our attitudes toward other road users by paying greater attention to each other and showing one another more respect.

  • Allow time and space to see all traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian
  • Make allowances for slower or less confident pedestrians such as children, the elderly and people with strollers
  • Communicate with pedestrians through gestures and eye contact
  • Before entering intersections, double check for pedestrians crossing the road
  • Watch for pedestrians to walk out from between parked cars
  • Stop and yield to pedestrians at crosswalks at all times