Let’s look out for each other! PATC Road Safety Campaign

“Let’s look out for each other!” is the message that the Pelham Active Transportation Committee is using in its new road safety campaign. The message is aimed at pedestrians, cyclists and motorists who are using the roads in Pelham. The number of pedestrians and cyclists in Pelham is increasing as residents and visitors enjoy the sidewalks, trails and bike lanes in many areas of the Town. Whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, there are tips and rules which will help keep everyone safe.

Residents are invited to stop by the Road Safety Kiosk at the Pelham Farmer’s Market on Thursday, June 14th, between 4 and 8pm. The first 50 children to stop by the kiosk will receive a certificate for a free bicycle helmet, redeemable at Goods Sports Excellence in Fonthill. Free safety reflectors, pedestrian and cyclist safety information will also be available. Members of the Pelham Active Transportation Committee will be at the kiosk to discuss  pedestrian and cyclists’ safety and gather input from residents. 

Road safety is everyone’s concern and responsibility.

Pedestrian Safety:

  • Pedestrians are encouraged to use sidewalks and trails whenever possible.
  • Wear white or reflective items at night.  
  • If you must walk on the road, walk facing traffic. 
  • Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights. Make sure drivers see you before you cross. 
  • If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road.
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into and leaving driveways.

Driver Safety:

Pay special attention to pedestrians as you drive. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
  • Watch for children. Drive slowly and cautiously through school zones, residential areas, or any other area where children could be walking or playing.
  • Watch out for Community Safety Zone signs that indicate areas where public safety is a special concern, including the possibility of encountering pedestrians.
  • Be patient, especially with seniors or pedestrians with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
  • Keep 1 metre ( 3 feet)  distance when passing a cyclist. It’s the law.

Cyclist Safety:

As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).

Under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.

Cyclists:

  • must obey all traffic laws
  • have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers
  • cannot carry passengers - if your bicycle is only meant for one person

Make sure your bike is legal by having the following equipment:

  • Helmet: cyclists under 18 must wear a helmet. Helmets are strongly recommended for cyclists over 18.
  • Lights and reflectors: a white light mounted on the front of your bike, a red reflector on the back at night.
  • Bell or horn
  • Reflective tape: white reflective tape on the front forks, red reflective tape on the rear stays.