In communities across the world, there is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to use active transportation methods (walk/cycle) 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 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 City continues to support and promote active transportation, and as roadways becoming busier, there is recognition of a 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.
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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