November 1, 2016
Members of the London Middlesex Road Safety Committee including London Health Sciences Centre, Ministry of Transportation, Middlesex London Health Unit, and London Police Service spent their morning at a crosswalk near Rick Hansen Public School to educate parents and their children about the importance of pedestrian safety including visibility and properly using the new pedestrian crossovers.
The event took place at one of London’s new pedestrian crossovers. Pedestrian crossovers are a designated crossing area that allows pedestrians to safely cross the road where vehicles must yield to the pedestrian and are identified by specific pavement markings and crossing signs.
Pedestrians have the right of way at pedestrian crossovers, and drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding. All road users must obey pedestrian crossover rules, laws are in effect around- the- clock. Unfortunately, London Police Service officers were forced to pull a few drivers over when they field to yield at the crossover.
Once the school-bell rang, the Committee joined the Grade 3 class at Rick Hansen Public School to spread their safety message.
A new provincial pedestrian safety campaign called "Be Alert, Be Seen" has, encouraging both drivers and pedestrians to stay focused and remain visible while using the roads.