Both pedestrians and drivers have a responsibility to ensure that both parties remain safe in their travels. Below are some tips that all pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and vehicles should practice.

Pedestrians

  • Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic.  
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.  
  • Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks, never jay walk  
  • Dress to be seen especially at night and on dark/overcast days.  
  • Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street.  
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Keep your head up & look where you’re walking. Never assume that drivers see you.  
  • Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).

Pedestrian dressed in black

CBC’s top five tips for parents to teach pedestrian safety to their children:

  • Make it fun – Instead of lecturing to your kids, try to make it fun while still treating it as a serious issue.  
  • Be a role model – Parents are the number one role model for any young child so make sure you are setting a good example.  
  • Focus on the basics – Kids will digest information about serious issues when it’s simple for them to understand.  
  • Mark out safe areas – Focus on teaching your kids where to position themselves when they are around roads to ensure they are in as safe a position as possible.  
  • Park It – Parking lots or any areas where cars commonly park require special attention. Remind your kids that vehicles can back up quickly or move without warning.

Drivers

  • Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day  
  • When approaching an intersection always scan right and left for pedestrians before continuing through.   
  • When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (texting, on the phone, headphones in, umbrella or hood blocking their vision).  
  • Obey the speed limit – not to avoid tickets but to avoid tragedy<  

Check out this dash-cam video from one our Traffic officers' police cruiser. What do you see?

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View from Surrey RCMP Dash Cam video, the police officer is driving in residential neighbourhood, which is lined with street lights, at the posted speed limit. Conditions are clear and dry. The police car is approaching a fully marked crosswalk and not until the vehicle is almost on top of the crosswalk is a pedestrian seen standing in the middle of the road. The pedestrian is wearing a dark jacket and light blue jeans.

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