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Friday, November 4, 2016

Road Safety a concern for The City in November

Spring forward, fall back — that’s how most of us remember daylight savings. When the clocks go back an hour this weekend, The City is also asking Calgarians to think about how you will stay safe during these longer dark winter days and nights.

“Pedestrian injury collisions are consistently the highest during the month of November,” says Tony Churchill, Leader of Traffic Safety. “This is due to factors such as increased hours of darkness, late morning and early evening sun glare, and the time change.”

The City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Motor Association and other traffic safety partners work 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.

One way is through The City’s ‘Look out for each other’ safety campaign which reminds citizens that safety on Calgary’s streets is the shared responsibility of all users of our roadways.

Tips for people driving:
  • Never drive distracted - put away cell phones and other distractions
  • 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. 
  • Make eye contact with people crossing the roadway.
Tips for people walking:
  • Unplug headphones when crossing the street. 
  • Hang up your cell phone until you are out of the intersection. 
  • Look up and make eye contact with the approaching driver and make sure the driver sees you. 
  • Peak around stopped cars while crossing intersections to ensure other vehicles aren’t coming.
“Whether we are driving, walking or cycling we are human and all make mistakes at times. We need to help each other by being alert and ready to react for those times when other people make a mistake so that no one gets hurt,” says Churchill. “The City is doing a lot to improve our infrastructure to be safer, but how we use that infrastructure will always impact safety outcomes. Let’s all work together to get where we are going safely.”

Visit to learn more about the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan.


  1. You forgot for people walking to not cross on the do not walk signal is blinking. They do it all the time downtown and I've seen some near misses as a driver is trying to make it through the intersection or around a corner before the traffic light turns red.

    1. Thanks for the reminder. People should not start crossing an intersection once the “Do Not Walk” symbol is flashing as there may not be enough time to cross the street before the traffic signal changes. If they have started walking before the signal began to flash, they should have enough time to cross the street safely.

  2. Pedestrians who wear something reflective help drivers to see them better, especially on roads that are not well lit and also has two way traffic.

  3. Or at the list, People should wear a headlamp or anything that make them more visible.
    I have seen some of those guys with a dark jacket in the winter months on the road; you can't even tell if they are there until you're a couple of meters away from them.