Pedestrian Safety

Walking can be a fun past time for pedestrians and families of all ages. It’s a healthy and active way to spend time together. Some prefer to walk to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Others walk to get to work or to visit friends and family.

Halloween Pedestrian Safety Tips

This Halloween, whether you are out trick or treating, or simply enjoying an evening stroll, we have some safety tips to help keep everyone safe during this spooky day and season!

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Eliminate distractions such as using your mobile devices for texting, listening to music, or gaming.
  • Choose costumes that are bright at night and don’t obstruct children’s vision and hearing.
  • Always stop, look both ways, listen and think before crossing the street, and cross safely at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Use reflective tape on costumes and have children carry a flashlight for easy visibility.

We have a great Halloween Safety Colouring sheet that you can print off and enjoy at home. Download your copy here.

As parents and caregivers, it’s important to teach children about pedestrian safety. Always lead by example. Before you go out walking review some of the pedestrian safety tips that CAA has to offer.

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Pedestrians

  • Stop, look both ways, listen and think before safely crossing the street.stop-look-listen
  • Never run out in traffic or between parked cars, buses or buildings.
  • Parents, caregivers or older children should hold hands with younger children when crossing the street.
  • Follow signals and cross at designated locations or crosswalks.
  • Eliminate distractions such as using your mobile devices for texting, listening to music, or gaming.
  •  Avoid wearing headphones or anything that can obstruct your vision or hearing.
  • At a traffic light, start crossing when the walk light first starts flashing. Do not cross when the final countdown is on signaling the light will change as you will not have enough time to cross the street safely.
  • At large intersections, you may use the center median if you are unable to complete your cross before the light changes.
  • Make eye contact with motorists who want to turn – never assume that drivers can see you or know your intentions.
  • Wear reflective clothing or accessories at night to make yourself more visible.
  • Cycling? Learn how to safely walk you bike across the street and other cycling tips at caask.ca/bikesafety

Walking your kids to school

  • Gadgets can be distracting, put them in backpacks or leave them at home.
  • Decide on a route to school together. Parents be sure to point out crosswalks, stop signs, and family or friends’ homes.
  • Stay alert when walking and crossing the street.

Walking to and from school is an active way for children to get their exercise while enjoying the outdoors. Kids who walk build independence and social skills and they move more than kids who don’t. When they walk to school, they arrive energized and ready to learn.3 

More school zone safety tips here.

Drivers and cyclists

  • Always look for pedestrians crossing the road at intersections. Drivers and cyclists must caryield to the right of way to pedestrians crossing the street.
  • Watch for children who may dart out in traffic.
  • Be aware of blind spots when making your turns at intersections.
  • Avoid distractions inside and outside of your vehicle.
  • Watch your speed in school zones and residential areas and be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Be cautious around stopped transit vehicles and be courteous to vulnerable pedestrians.
  • Communication (eye contact, indicate turns, etc.) between all road users is important to keep everyone safe.

More information on Driver Safety can be found here.

More information on Bike and Cyclist Safety can be found here.

CAA Saskatchewan is a dedicated safety advocate for motorists, travellers, and pedestrians. We work with community partners, local and provincial governments to help make conditions safer for everyone on our roads.

References:

  1. Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
  2. Saskatchewan Safety Council
  3. Saskatchewan in Motion
  4. CAA School Zone Safety
  5. CAA Saskatchewan School Zone Safety

With thanks to CAA South Central Ontario.