- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
- Always lookout for people who are walking. Obey the speed limit. Be prepared to slow down or stop.
- Every intersection is technically a crosswalk, even if it isn't marked.
- Before you turn, look for people who are walking, they always have the right of way.
- Stop well back of pedestrians in crosswalks so others can see them too.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks, there could be someone crossing who you can't see.
A crosswalk may have clear pavement markings or signs. A crosswalk may also be unmarked at an intersection as an extension of the sidewalk across the street.
Pedestrians are people who walk or travel in or on a mobility aid. No matter your age, you need to be careful and aware when you are travelling as a pedestrian. Likewise, people driving play a critical role in the safety of other road users, including pedestrians.
- Always cross streets at corners where there are traffic signals and designated crosswalks.
- Look left, then right and then left again to see any oncoming traffic before crossing.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing on front of them.
- Be aware of cars that are turning or backing up.
- Never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Always stay on sidewalks. Travel facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
- Don’t text and walk. Keep your smartphone in your pocket or bag while walking.
- Be visible. Wear reflective clothing and bright colours.
- When approaching an intersection, you must yield the right of way to any person crossing the street.
- Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, which can be anything from imaginary extensions of the sidewalk to painted markings.
- You must stop before the crosswalk and remain there until all pedestrians are safely across the road. If the street is divided with a median, you may proceed once pedestrians make it to the centre of the road.
- Be extra alert when travelling in school zones.
- Never pass another vehicle when it is stopped for pedestrians.
- Be especially mindful of pedestrians when turning left and right.
Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS), inform pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired when they have the right-of-way to cross at a signalized intersection.
Accessible Pedestrian Signals use two audible tones with the visual pedestrian signals to designate the direction of the pedestrian right-of-way. For the north/south right-of-way, the ‘cuckoo’ audible tone is sounded, and for the east/west right-of-way, the ‘chirp’ audible tone is sounded.
The APS units are also equipped with vibro-tactile features for pedestrians who are deaf or hard of hearing. Raised arrows on the APS indicate the crossing direction of the unit, which then vibrates in combination with the audible tone to indicate right-of-way for that crossing.
APS also use a ‘locator tone’ to assist pedestrians in locating the pushbutton. This tone currently varies between units as either a ‘beeping’ or a ‘ticking’ sounds.
The City of Regina has 69 intersections equipped with APS. As part of its vision to be an inclusive and accessible community, the City is committed to retrofitting six signalized intersections with APS each year. Any newly signalized intersections with pedestrian access are automatically installed with APS.
To request a location for APS installation, please contact Service Regina at 306 777-7000 or use our online request form. Requested locations are prioritized using criteria, such as intersection configuration and safety, pedestrian and vehicle volumes, and proximity to public transit and various pedestrian destinations.