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.