Look out for each other
The City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Region, the Alberta Motor Association and other traffic safety partners are working together to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian collisions. Through education, enforcement and engineering strategies, these partners are striving to improve intersection safety in Calgary.
The "Look out for each other" campaign was created to emphasize that road safety on Calgary's streets is the shared responsibility of all users of our roadways and sidewalks. Below you will find some tips for staying safe when walking around Calgary. Learn more about the traffic safety programs and initiatives The City has to keep Calgarians safe whether they are driving, walking or cycling.
Make eye contact with drivers turning right before you step into a crosswalk. Make sure they see you, plan on stopping, and have time to stop. Also, don’t assume that because the car in the lane closest to you has stopped that other cars will stop too.
Pedestrians do have the right of way at marked and unmarked crosswalks; but be careful, some drivers might not know that rule or always follow it. Being right won’t keep you from being hit.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay off your cell phone, texting can wait.
- Look up and make eye contact.
More safety tips
Tips for Motorists
- Stop for all pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk – it's the law.
- Ensure proper visibility of your vehicle. Make sure your windshield and headlights are clean and don't obstruct your view.
- Drive at a safe speed and be aware of pedestrian activity around you.
- Never pass a vehicle at a crosswalk.
- Wait until the pedestrian has completely cleared the intersection before proceeding.
- Make eye contact.
- When turning left at an intersection, check to your left to make sure there are no pedestrians.
- Don't park within five metres of a marked crosswalk or intersection.
- When turning right, check both ways to ensure there are no pedestrians nearby.
Tips for Pedestrians
- Ensure you are crossing the street safely.
- Make eye contact with the driver of vehicles at or near the intersection before crossing
- Use the Point, Pause and Proceed method to make motorists aware you are trying to cross the street.
- Wear light-coloured clothing and reflective devices so you are visible to motorists.
- Never cross the street at mid-block or against a signal.
- Understand and follow signals.
- Research indicates that children under the age of nine should always be accompanied by a responsible adult or older child.