Crossing the Street
Point, Pause, and Proceed
Always be safe when walking and crossing the street. Indicate the direction you intend to cross. Make sure traffic has stopped before you cross.
- Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert when crossing the street
- Maintain eye contact with drivers and wait until vehicles have stopped before you cross
- Only cross the street at designated crossing points
- Get noticed! Wear light-coloured or reflective clothing when walking in low light or poor weather conditions
- Don't start crossing after the walk light has ended
- Unplug. Don't be a distracted walker.
- Watch for vehicles turning as you cross intersections
- If a vehicle has stopped for you in a crosswalk, don’t assume that it’s safe to cross the remaining lanes of traffic. Make sure all vehicles have seen you and will stop for you before proceeding.
Traffic Safety Tools for Schools
The City of Edmonton and SHAPE Alberta (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) encourage students to walk or bike to school on a regular basis.
7 tips for safer school zones.
An education program to help us change how we think about traffic safety in school zones.
30 km/h between 8am and 4:30pm on school days where school zone signs are posted .
Traffic Safety Enforcement
Pedestrian Right of Way
The Traffic Safety Act stipulates that vehicles must yield to pedestrians in most cases. However, don't assume they will.
Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians can be ticketed and fined $575.
According to the Traffic Bylaw, pedestrians may only cross a roadway within a crosswalk, including any intersection connecting sidewalks, curbs or edges of the road.
Pedestrians must obey all traffic signs and control devices when crossing the road.
Pedestrians who jaywalk, meaning they cross outside of a crosswalk or start crossing after the walk light has ended, can be ticketed and fined $250.