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Be Safe Be Smart - Walking Safety

Parents, grandparents or caregivers make time to walk children to school. It is good for their health. It is a chance to spend extra time with them, teach them the rules of the road and what is in their neighbourhoods.


Safety Rules

  • Always cross at intersections or designated crosswalks
  • If there are no sidewalks…walk facing the traffic
  • Wear reflective clothing/gear to be seen by others
  • Give your full attention to the traffic! No talking on the phone or listening to music while crossing the street
Be Safe Be Smart

When crossing at intersections without signals or crossing guards:

  • Stop before stepping into the road
  • Look in all directions; left, right, left and straight ahead
  • Listen for traffic
  • Walk! Do not run or cycle across the road
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Watch for turning cars and bikes
  • Make eye contact with the drivers

When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student crossing patrols

  • Walk when the crossing guard tells you to cross the road
  • Make eye contact with the driver and make sure they come to a complete stop

More Information

For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: February 28, 2013