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.
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
• 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
• 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
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.