Date: July 16, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. Humidex 37. UV index 7 or high.

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Feels like 36C

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This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 9:40 AM

Walking is great for physical and mental health. Stay safe using these simple rules:

  • Know the rules of the road.
  • Never cross the road midblock or between parked cars. Cross only at crosswalks or traffic lights.
  • Watch for vehicles backing out of driveways or in parking lots. Always make eye contact with the driver before continuing at intersections, driveways and parking lots.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road so you face the driver.
  • Be visible day and night. Improve daytime visibility by wearing clothing in fluorescent yellow, red or orange colours or non-florescent yellow colours.
  • Wearing dark colours at night makes you invisible to drivers. Wear retro-reflective clothing. It is up to 1500 times brighter than white, especially material on major joints such as ankles and knees (Kwan et al.)
  • When walking, pay attention to your surrounding and avoid distractions like cellphones. Listening to music while walking can distract you.

Teen Risks

Walking-related injuries for teens have risen 25% over the last five years. Distractions - such as cellphones, music and talking with friends - put teens at risk of being hit by a vehicle while walking.

Role Models Wanted

Children learn safety from their parents and guardians. Role model safe walking behaviours:

  • cross at traffic lights
  • be visible
  • do not text while walking
  • do not cross midblock
  • do not take short cuts

Pedestrian Safety Video

Safe Walking
Be alert. Be seen

Resources

Parachute Canada
Pedestrian Safety