Walking & Pedestrians

Pedestrian Safety

The City of Hamilton, in partnership with the Road Safety Committee of Ontario, is committed to public safety and eliminating serious injuries and fatalities for all road uses.

The City of Hamilton reminds residents that with the increase in hours of darkness due to the time of year, pedestrians and motorists need to be looking out for each other and make eye contact when out on the road. In order to ensure pedestrian safety, motorists and pedestrians must respect each other and follow the traffic rules of the road. Drivers should avoid speeding, distracted and aggressive driving as these behaviours are dangerous and put pedestrians at risk. 

Safety Tips

Drivers and Cyclists

  • Pay attention to what’s around you.
  • Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road.
  • Drive with caution when the road is clear.


  • Use caution when crossing streets.
  • Make it clear that you want to cross.
  • If there is a push button at the crossing, press it to activate the flashing lights.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist has enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you begin to cross.
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel it’s safe.

Throughout the month of November, the City of Hamilton has adopted a Ministry of Transportation initiative and will be placing sidewalk markers in various parts across the city to help pedestrians be more aware of their surroundings and where they are walking.

Statistics 2014-2017

Most pedestrian fatalities and injuries occur at intersections where the pedestrian had the right-of-way and the motorists driving straight without paying attention to pedestrians. Secondary incidents occur when vehicles are turning left or right and the pedestrian has the right of way.