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Pedestrian Safety

Roads for All

In communities across the world, there is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to walk to more places, and to feel safe while doing so. 

As part of Saskatoon’s Strategic Plan, the Growth Plan to Half a Million has identified the need for active transportation in Saskatoon. Guided by community input, targets for active transportation have been developed, along with key directions and action items to improve active transportation facilities, policies and standards, support programs, education and awareness. The ATP target is to double walking and cycling trips to 24 per cent of all daily trips and 15 per cent of all commute trips by 2045.

As we continue to support and promote active transportation, and as roadways becoming busier, we recognize we need to provide more education around the importance of sharing our roads. If you’re biking, driving or walking, having responsible travel behaviours will give everyone more accessible and safe transportation choices. 

Everyone needs to know the rules of the road and share the responsibility of roadway safety. Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility.

Drivers need to:

  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Pay attention to other motorists
  • Leave room for other motorists to see pedestrians
  • Take extra care in school zones and playground areas
  • Always obey all signs and lights
  • Anticipate pedestrians crossing and slow down
  • Decrease speed by a few kilometres per hour and give yourself more time to stop

Pedestrians need to:

  • Stay on the sidewalk
  • Cross at designated crosswalks
  • "Look before you leap" - before crossing the street it's important to look left, then right and then left again
  • Put down your phone - just like drivers, technology can distract you when you're walking and crossing
  • Always proceed with caution
  • Never jaywalk

What is a pedestrian? 

A pedestrian is a person who travels by foot, though people who use wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs and medical scooters as a means of mobility are also considered pedestrians. 

As a driver, do I always need to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks?

Yes. Pedestrians have the right of way at intersections. You must stop for pedestrians the moment the person steps of the sidewalk. 

Do crosswalks always need to be marked for a pedestrian to cross? 

No. Crosswalks may not always be marked. They can be anything from extensions of the sidewalk to painted markings on the road. 

Why do I need to be extra careful in school zones?

Young children sometimes don't pay attention to oncoming vehicles. Be on the lookout for crossing guards and always obey pedestrian signs and lights.