Pedestrians: stay safe when walking
The City of Montreal recently adopted the Vision Zero approach and has implemented...
The City of Montreal recently adopted the Vision Zero approach and has implemented actions geared toward safe mobility.
Whether we are circulating as pedestrians, cyclists or drivers, we are all called upon to assume our share of responsibility during pedestrian interactions.
Seniors are more at risk of being victims of a serious or fatal accident during pedestrian movements.
With age, some of our physical, sensory and cognitive capacities decrease and can affect our movements:
o Muscle strength
o Reaction time (reflexes)
Other factors that can influence our security are:
o Obstacles (difference in height of sidewalks or the street)
o The distance to be travelled
o Assessing the speed of a car
Since the start of 2019, 15 pedestrians have died in collisions. Of these, 10 were aged 65 and over.
In addition to fatal collisions, seniors are often more seriously injured in accidents than younger individuals.
A pedestrian is just as likely to be ticketed as a motorist.
Some good practices to consider when travelling on foot:
o Spot trucks, buses and cars and check their turn signals to see where they want to go—also watch out for motorcycles, bicycles and scooters.
o Avoid being in the blind spots of a heavy vehicle.
o Make eye contact with the driver of any vehicle to make sure he has seen you before crossing.
The Vision Zero approach is a philosophy adopted by Sweden in 1997. Established in several large metropolises around the world, this approach rests on a basic principle according to which “it is unacceptable that people are killed or seriously injured when they are walking on our roads. ”
France Castel surrounded by Eric Alan Caldwell of the City of Montreal and Eric Soumpholphady, commander of the SPVM during the launch of the Vision Zéro campaign.