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Walking maps and safety tips

Safety tips and routes for walking in Calgary in any season

Winter walking safety tips

Follow these steps to stay safe on your winter walk:

  • Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. Boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best. Look for features like waterproof, well-insulated, thick non-slip tread sole made of natural rubber, wide low heels, light-weight.
  • Stay warm by wearing a warm hat, scarf, and mittens or gloves. Dressing in layers can also help keep you warmer.
  • Focus on trying to keep your balance.
    • Point your feet out slightly like a penguin. Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your centre of gravity.
    • Walk slowly and take small steps or shuffle your feet on icy paths.
    • Keep your head up and don’t lean forward.
  • Try not to carry too many groceries or other items because the weight could affect your balance.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets. If you start to slip, having your hands free can help break your fall.

Walking safety tips in all seasons

No matter what season it is, these tips will help keep you safe on your walk:

  • Face oncoming traffic. If there is no bike path or sidewalk and you are forced to walk on the road, always walk in the direction facing oncoming traffic.
  • Be visible. Wear bright colours when walking in the daytime. When walking at dawn, twilight or night, wear light-coloured clothing with reflective elements or a reflective vest to increase your visibility to motorists.
  • Walk defensively. Always assume that motorists may not be able to see you.
  • Carry identification. Always carry some form of identification in case of an accident or medical emergency. If you are away from home on holiday or business, make note of the address where you are staying.
  • Keep to the right. When walking on a pathway, stay to the right side so faster users can easily pass. If you're walking in a group, be aware of your spread and leave room for others.
  • Turn the volume down. If wearing headphones, make sure you can still hear bike bells and warnings from other walkers, runners and cyclists.
  • Have a safety plan.
    • Walk with others, or in well-populated areas.
    • Stay in well-lit areas with clear visibility for others.
    • Be aware of your surroundings – limit the use of devices that would prohibit your awareness.
    • Limit the number of belongings that you are carrying in your arms to reduce your vulnerability.
    • If you are attacked:
      • Create noise to attract attention.
      • Do not try to keep hold of your possessions or valuables.
      • Pay attention to physical attributes of your attacker and what they are wearing.
      • Call 9-1-1 immediately.