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II. Sharing the road
Sharing the road with pedestrians

Pay special attention to pedestrians, whether they are crossing roads in traffic, walking or jogging alongside roads, or using crosswalks or crossovers (generally known as crossings). Drivers should be aware of pedestrians who often will jaywalk not just cross at intersections. Note that a ball bouncing into the roadway may be followed by a child or animal. Watch for children. Drive slowly and cautiously through school zones, residential areas and any other area where children may be walking or playing. You never know when a child might dart out from between parked cars or try to cross a street without checking for oncoming traffic. Be very cautious at twilight when children may still be playing outside, but are very difficult to see. Watch out for Community Safety Zone signs as they indicate areas where the community has identified that there is a special risk to pedestrians.

Seniors or pedestrians with disabilities need extra caution and courtesy from drivers, as they may be slow in crossing the road. Be alert for pedestrians who are blind, with a visual or hearing disability, people who use wheelchairs or people walking slowly due to some other physical disabilities. Give them appropriate consideration. Pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired may use a white cane or guide dog to help them travel safely along sidewalks and across intersections. Drivers of hybrid vehicles should be aware that vision impaired persons often rely on hearing the sound of an engine before entering an intersection. Be aware that when you are slowing or stopping, your vehicle makes little or no discernible noise, extra caution is required. Caution signs are posted in some areas where there is a special need for drivers to be alert.

People operating mobility devices (motorized wheelchair and medical scooters) are treated the same way as pedestrians. Usually these operators will travel along a sidewalk but, if there is no sidewalk available, they should travel, like pedestrians, along the left shoulder of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.

Some streetcar stops have a special safety island or zone for passengers getting on and off. Pass these safety islands and zones at a reasonable speed. Always be ready in case pedestrians make sudden or unexpected moves.