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.
- 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.
- 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.