Modes of Transportation – As a Pedestrian
Pedestrians: Common Sense
In order to get around safely, pedestrians must not only obey the Highway Safety Code, but also adopt responsible behaviour.
Being a good pedestrian
To ensure your safety, you should:
- cross at the closest intersection or pedestrian crosswalk
- obey pedestrian lights
- walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians can walk along the side of the roadway or on the shoulder, against traffic.
- check traffic before crossing (look left, then right, then left again and behind you)
- make eye contact with drivers, and otherwise assume they have not seen you
- avoid sources of distraction (talking or texting on a cell phone, using earphones) when walking, especially when crossing an intersection
- be visible at all times (for example, wear bright or light-coloured clothing and reflective strips at night)
Around heavy vehicles
- Avoid placing yourself in the heavy vehicle’s blind spots.
- Be sure to make eye contact with the driver. Even if the driver is higher up, he or she can’t see everything and a heavy vehicle’s blind spots are much larger than those of a car. If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you either. When in doubt, let the heavy vehicle go by.
- Pay attention to the turn signal lights of heavy vehicles at intersections.
Remember that the driver won't hear you if you try to signal your presence by shouting.