Every fall and winter there is an increase in the number of pedestrian and cyclist collisions on city roads due to reduced daylight hours.
It’s key that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists become more aware of other users as they travel on our streets throughout these seasons.
One of the best ways to ensure safety is to stay focused on what you’re doing – whether you’re driving, cycling or crossing an intersection by foot. Don’t talk or text on your phone. Be aware of your surroundings.
Here are some other tips from the city’s “Stay Alert – Stay Safe” safety education campaign:
- Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Note that pedestrians in dark clothing can be difficult to spot during the fall and winter months.
- Take extra caution at nighttime and during wet or wintery weather conditions.
- Cross streets at traffic signals, intersections and crosswalks.
- Always look carefully before crossing and make sure all vehicles are stopped.
- Wear bright clothing or clothing with reflective materials if possible, especially at night. Drivers often have a difficult time seeing pedestrians in dark clothes.
- Make sure you have both front and back lights for your bike and turn them on when riding at night, dusk or dawn.
- Wear clothing and other cycling accessories with reflective materials.