Pedestrian Crossing Rules in Canada

Pedestrian Crossing Rules in Canada

Road safety means we understand that following all the road rules and regulations. It is not only for the drivers but also for the pedestrians. These rules and laws make sure the road safety of pedestrians and drivers on Canadian roads.

That is why learning and knowing the road rules for an individual is very important. As a pedestrian, you should also learn about pedestrian road crossing rules and some ways to keep yourself safe on the road.

So in this writing, we will discuss everything you need to know about pedestrian crossing rules and laws in Canada!

Pedestrian crossing rules

Pedestrian crossing rules refer to the regulations regarding pedestrian crossover signs, traffic control signals, etc. When someone violates any of these road rules, it will be considered jaywalking (slang for describing various pedestrian offenses).

There are some rules and laws for crossing the road in Canada. And if someone violates these laws, then it will be considered a criminal offense. So below are given some crossing rules for the pedestrians in Canada.

1. Pedestrian sign – walk

You will find a ‘walk’ indication or sign when you need to cross the road. Some roads have installed the pedestrian control signal.  When you need to cross the road, you will notice a walk indication in a direction. And you should follow the direction to cross the road.

2. Pedestrian sign – don’t walk

On roads that have the pedestrian control signal installed, you will find a red signal. When the red alert is on, you cannot cross the street. That bold red signal indicates you do not cross or walk in the road. And it would help if you waited till the red light becomes green (walk signal).

3. Sudden traffic signs change

What if while you the crossing the road, the sign becomes red (do not walk) from the green (walk sign)? The answer is if you enter the road lawfully, then cross the road as early as you can. And if it ever happens, then it will not be considered as that type of criminal offense.

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New rules at pedestrian crossovers in Canada

A new rule in Canada indicated the drivers must stop and wait till the pedestrian completely crosses the road. This rule is also applicable to school crossing. Under this new law, if any drivers or cyclists violated the rules, s/he will be fined 150 CAD to 500 CAD.

Pedestrians Safety Tip

According to the Canada transport, almost 20% of road accident involves with the pedestrian. The drivers and the pedestrians both have faulty for those accidents. So maintaining some safety tips and precautions is very important and can reduce the percentage of the accident.

So in the following, there are some safety tips for pedestrians which help to stay safe on the road.

1. While crossing the road

While crossing the road, you need to avoid crossing in the middle of a block. Also, avoid crossing between the parked cars. You will find a pedestrian crossing, which is located at road intersections. You should cross the road only at a marked crosswalk. When the traffic has stopped, you can start crossing.

Before crossing the road, try to keep your arm out and indicate that you want to cross the road. If possible, then try to make eye contact with the driver. And make sure that he or she notices you. And one thing that you never should do is do not run in the middle of the road.

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2. Try to stay visible

When you need to cross the road, it is very important to make yourself visible to the drivers. This is how you can grab the driver’s attention, and they will stop their cars for you. Sometimes in the dark, it is so risky to cross the road.

That is why experts suggest that for bikers and pedestrians to wear reflective dresses and bright-colored clothing. When you need to cross the road at dusk or night, try to wear something reflective.

3. As a parent

If you are a parent, then you also have a lot of responsibilities to do. You should teach your child about road rules and safety. And how they can stay safe on the road. Also, show them how to access the road safety. Teach them how to cross the road safely, and they should not run to cross the road. And try to take extra care when it is the matter of teaching road cross.

4. At a traffic light – pedestrian rules

On the road, there are three common types of traffic lights. They are red, green, yellow. Some people do not know the meaning of these lights, which can lead them to serious consequences. Below are given some traffic light interpretations;

  • You should only cross the road when the traffic stops completely, and the traffic light turns into the green with a walk sign.
  • Do not cross before the light comes up. As long as the green light with the walk indicator turns up, you can start walking.
  • When the traffic light is flashing, ‘do not walk’ or the light is yellow, you should not cross the road. But if you are already crossing the road, then the light turns up to red or yellow. Then complete your crossing. Do not stand in the middle of the road.
  • Important note – never ever cross the road when the light is RED.
  • You can watch for the traffic turning at the intersections of roads and leaving the driveways.

Final thoughts

Maintaining the pedestrian rules in the road is a very good practice. No matter how old o young you are, we all should maintain the traffic and pedestrian rules for our safety. Please remember that your life is more precious than your time.

So in the bottom line, take your time to cross the road, do not cross the road in the hustle and bustle. You will find many websites and a road sign from where you can learn and spread the rules and laws. And we hope that the above article helped you to know about the pedestrian crossing rules in Canada.



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