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Pedestrian Safety

Safe Street Crossing

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. In Saskatoon, one of the City's strategic goals is to promote the movement of people and goods in and around the city by optimizing pedestrian safety.  

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 Active Transportation Plan 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 the population grows, there is recognition that the City needs to provide more education about the importance of sharing our roads and pathways. If you’re biking, walking, or using another form of active transportation having responsible travel behaviours will make the shared use of roadways, bike lanes, pathways and sidewalks safer for everyone.

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 and at intersections
  • Leave room for other motorists to see pedestrians
  • Take extra care in school zones and playground areas

Pedestrians need to:

  • Stay on the sidewalk
  • Cross only at designated crosswalks
  • Look and look again before leaping into the roadway

Cyclists need to:

  • Use designated cycling routes
  • Signal
  • Obey the same traffic laws as drivers
FAQs on Safe Street Crossing

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 off 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. 

Why Walk?

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. 

Saskatoon is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, and is walkable every month of the year. Facilitating active transportation is being considered in the current and future design and development of the City.

Walking is an ideal means of transportation because:

  • It's free and requires no special equipment
  • It's accessible to all regardless of age, income, location and ability
  • It's within the physical capabilities of most people and is a realistic goal for inactive people
  • Walking combines all the physical benefits of activity while also providing a means of getting from place A to B
  • Walking can easily be incorporated into our daily lives
  • It can be enjoyed safely and there is a low risk of injury

Walking as a means of transportation can bring about a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Disease prevention
  • Weight management and the prevention of associated illnesses
  • Positive mental health

Winter Walking & Snow Clearing

To help improve public safety and mobility, the Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw #8463 requires that residential sidewalks be clear of snow and ice within 48 hours of a snowfall, and sidewalks in certain commercial and suburban areas to be cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall. If the City receives a report of an uncleared sidewalk, the site will be checked and, if necessary, the owner/occupant will be asked to clear it.

Residents are asked not to throw or shovel snow on the road because it can affect drainage and the safety of pedestrians or drivers. Cleared snow must be placed on your property or removed, and not placed on the roadway. There are exceptions for properties with no space for snow storage, such as businesses with parking infrastructure along the sidewalk space.

To report a bylaw violation, please contact the City Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476. Residents who are not able to clear their own sidewalks of snow could consider asking family members or neighbours for help, or consider hiring an individual or service. Snow clearing services can be found online, in the phonebook, or in the newspaper.

Be a Snow Angel

If your neighbour is elderly, has health concerns or mobility restrictions, consider lending a hand by clearing their sidewalk.

If you receive help from a neighbour/relative – nominate them as a Snow Angel below or mail in their name and phone number to City of Saskatoon, 222 – 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon SK S7K 0J5. Tell the City how your Snow Angel has brightened your day. Once nominated, the City will send your Snow Angel a thank-you and enter them in a prize draw!

When clearing sidewalks, please exercise caution and care, especially during extremely cold weather.

 

Online Form : Nominate a Snow Angel 

Nominator Contact Information
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