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Vulnerable road users

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders
also share the roadways with all vehicle
operators on a daily basis. These road
users have less protection than drivers of
other types of vehicles. Be cautious when
operating your vehicle around pedestrians,
cyclists, and motorcycle riders.

Pedestrian safety

When you see a yellow flashing
pedestrian-activated traffic light, slow to
30 km/h and yield to pedestrians wanting
to cross the street.
• In an urban area, pedestrians may
   indicate their intention to cross a street
   by raising an arm at a right angle and
   pointing to the opposite curb.



Pedestrian indicating intention to cross
the street.

• When pedestrians indicate their
   intention to cross the street, you must
   stop your vehicle safely before the
   crosswalk and allow them to cross.
• When a pedestrian has entered a
   marked or unmarked crosswalk, you
   must yield the right-of-way.
• When stopping for a pedestrian at a
   crosswalk, stop far enough back (about
   two to three car lengths) so that traffic
   in another lane will be able to
 

   see the pedestrian and have time to
   stop.
• Never pass another vehicle when you
   are approaching a crosswalk. There is
   always a chance that the other vehicle is
   slowing or stopping for a pedestrian.
• Not all crosswalks are marked, but the
   rules of pedestrian safety should be
   followed at all intersections.
• Be considerate of visually impaired
   pedestrians. Some will have a white
   cane or guide dog.
• At night, do not over-drive your
   headlights. This means you should drive
   so you are able to stop your vehicle
   within the distance you can clearly
   see with your headlights.
• When it is dark, be alert for
   pedestrians. If they are wearing dark
   clothing, they can be difficult to see
   from a distance.
• Children can be unpredictable. In
   residential areas, watch for children
   around parked vehicles, riding bikes
   or playing on the street. Glance under
   parked vehicles ahead on both sides
   of the road to check for children’s
   feet, toys, and bicycle wheels. These
   provide warning that you may need to
   stop.

Bicycles 

The law requires cyclists or passengers on
a bicycle, who are under 18 years of age,
to wear an approved bicycle safety helmet.
Remember the following tips when
sharing the road with a cyclist:
• A cyclist who is walking beside and
   pushing a bicycle is a pedestrian.

96  A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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