Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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​Pedestrians

Pedestrian Safety starts with the pedestrian. Be alert, aware of your surroundings, and follow these safe practices while walking:

  • As a pedestrian, your eyes are one of your most important tools. Make sure you use them to:
    • Look both ways before you cross the street
    • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to convey your intentions
  • Stay within the marked crosswalk so drivers have the best chance of seeing you.
  • Always press the button for the walk signal. This alerts the signal equipment you are there and will increase the time you have to cross
  • If you are not sure you have enough time, don't take the chance - wait for ​​the next cycle
  • Avoid using any device that distracts you or impairs your hearing such as a music player or cell phone
  • Ensure you have good range of vision. Clothing with hoods can obstruct your peripheral vision and prevent you from seeing approaching vehicles
  • Wear bright clothing or reflective materials, especially at night. Dark clothing may be fashionable, but is almost impossible to see in the dark
  • Avoid stepping out from between parked cars. Many parked vehicles, such as minivans or SUV's, can totally obstruct a driver's view of a pedestrian

Cyclists​​

No matter what your age, helmets save lives. By law in Ontario, anyone under the age of 17 is required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.

Before you ride, make sure your helmet:

  1. Fits snuggly so it doesn't slide around, but not too tight that it is uncomfortable
  2. Has the straps done up
  3. Has no visible cracks and has never been dropped or in a previous accident. If any of these are true, purchase a new one immediately
  4. Lastly, make sure your helmet is CSA approved

Bike Lanes

A bike lane is a portion of a roadway designated by signs and/or pavement markings for the preferential use of bicycles, children's bicycles, power-assisted bicycles, motor-assisted bicycles, and mopeds.

What can you use in the bike lane?

A moped is a motor-assisted bicycle fitted with pedals that can be operated at all times and has a maximum speed of 50 km/h

motor assisted bicycle is a bicycle that:red bicycle infront of green check mark

  • is fitted with pedals that are operable at all times to propel the bicycle;
  • weighs no more than 55 kg (121 lbs);
  • has no hand or foot operated clutch or gearbox driven by the motor and transferring power to the driven wheel;
  • has an attached motor driven by electricity or having a piston displacement of not more than 50 cubic centimetres;​
  • does not have sufficient power to enable the bicycle to attain a speed greater than 50 km/h on level ground within a distance of 2 kilometers from a standing start;
  • does not include a motorcycle or pocket bike;


'power-assisted bicycle' means a vehicle that:

  • has steering handlebars and is equipped with pedals;
  • is designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground;
  • is capable of being propelled by muscular power;
  • has one or more electric motors that have, single or in combination, the following characteristics:yellow and white moped with pedals infront of green check mark
    • it has a total continuous power output rating, measured at the shaft of each motor, of 500 W or less,
    • if it is engaged by the use of muscular power, power assistance immediately ceases when the muscular power ceases,
    • if it is engaged by the use of an accelerator controller, power assistance immediately ceases when the brakes are applied, and
  • is incapable of providing further assistance when the bicycle attains a speed of 32 km/h on level ground,
  • bears a label that is permanently affixed by the manufacturer and appears in a conspicuous location stating, in both official languages, that the vehicle is a power-assisted bicycle as defined in this subsection, and
  • has one of the following safety features:
    • an enabling mechanism to turn the electric motor on and off that is separate from the accelerator controller and fitted in such a manner that it is operable by the driver, or
    • a mechanism that prevents the motor from being engaged before the bicycle attains a speed of 3 km/h

What can't you use in the bike lane?

  • Skateboard
  • Rollerblades
  • Scooter
  • Pocket Bike