Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable road users. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all need to take steps to maintain pedestrian safety.
To help ensure your safety as a pedestrian:
Young children are very vulnerable road users and need help from parents to prevent them from being struck by a vehicle.
Older pedestrians are at the highest risk of being killed or seriously injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. Conditions that contribute to this higher risk may include limited vision and hearing, slower reaction time and reduced walking speed.
When you’re on skates, you must obey the same traffic regulations as any wheeled vehicle. In Winnipeg, it’s legal to skate on sidewalks, bicycle paths and designated roadways in City of Winnipeg parks. It is also legal to skate on roadways designated as bicycle routes when vehicle traffic is restricted, but keep in mind that cars are still allowed on these roads.
Always wear protective gear that is in good condition, including a helmet, wrist guards and knee/elbow pads. Master the basic skating techniques.
Watch for road hazards and avoid water, oil, sand and traffic.
Skate on the right and pass on the left. Announce, “passing on your left” as you get closer and always yield to pedestrians.