There is typically an increase in the number of pedestrians struck in the fall, as the days become shorter and visibility changes. BE SAFE
Here are some points for pedestrian safety in all weather:
1. Remain alert (e.g., iphones/pads are a distraction). Obey traffic signals, cross at intersections and take extra care while crossing streets. Cross as quickly as possible – there's less opportunity to be hit!
2. At night, wear light-coloured clothing with reflective accessories such as armbands or flashing lights or reflective clothing or shoes.
3. Carry a source of light at night, particularly when walking your dog.
4. In the winter, call the City's 311 number to report icy or uncleared sidewalks. Since City staff can't monitor all icy or snowy sidewalks, it is up to us residents to ask the City to intervene. When the City comes out to deal with these unsafe sidewalks, the cost is added to the homeowner's Realty Tax bill.
5. Make your winter boots as safe as possible on ice:
a) Try using cleats. Note: They usually can't be worn indoors on uncarpeted floors and may be hard to put on. Did you know that some winter boots now have built-in cleats?
b) If you can get broomball boots, you can wear them indoors as well as outdoors; they are slip-proof – after all, the players are on ice. While broomball boots don't seem to be available in Toronto, try Ottawa or some other snow town, if you are visiting there. Also check online.
1. The Toronto Rehab Institute is developing a website for safer winter boots. For information, monitor www.ratemytreads.com
2. City's 311 Number: At this meeting, ABC suggested that the City and the Councillors should use intensive advertising to urge residents to use the 311 number to report icy or uncleared sidewalks and to remind homeowners that their snow must be cleared within 12 hours. Perhaps the City should return to “Be Nice, Clear Your Ice” campaign.
3. Seniors Sidewalk Snow Removal Program: Are you disabled or a homeowner, 65+? Call 311 for assistance in enrolling in this program. According to Transportation Services, only 7,000 of some 400,000 older Torontonians have requested the City to clear their main sidewalk (you are responsible for the path to your front door). The City should provide this service within 72 hours – unfortunately, by this time, the snow could be packed down. The advantage, however, is that if someone slips, the City is liable and not you.
Have you any other suggestions for pedestrian safety? Please send them in.