Safety and Security

Campus Advisory: Crosswalk and Pedestrian Safety


The Department of Safety and Security would like to remind all members of the Acadia University community of our responsibilities pertaining to crosswalk and pedestrian safety.

Motorists:

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at all intersections.  Crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked, exist at ALL intersections.
  • Be alert for pedestrians who appear unsure, distracted or not alert.
  • Do not pass at an intersection or crosswalk unless it is legal to do so and you are sure that there are no pedestrians present.
  • Take extra care when driving at night, dawn, dusk and during inclement weather.  Pedestrians will be more difficult to see at these times.
  • Slow down and obey posted speed limits, particularly on residential streets and within school zones.
  • Children can be unpredictable…take extra care when children are present.
  • Be aware and alert for cyclists or skateboarders who may approach an intersection at a greater rate of speed than pedestrians.  Be prepared to stop, even if you feel you have the right of way.

 

Pedestrians:

  • Use marked crosswalks when available.
  • Obey all pedestrian traffic signs and signals.
  • Press the pedestrian crossing button and/or use the signal flag when available.
  • When crossing, make eye contact with motorists before stepping off the sidewalk.
  • Check for approaching or turning traffic before crossing…even if you have signalled and have the right of way.
  • Give oncoming traffic time and distance to stop before stepping onto the crosswalk.  Allow for extra time in inclement weather and at night, dawn or dusk.
  • When walking at night, try to wear bright or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight if practical.
  • Yield to traffic when crossing at a location other than an intersection.

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