It took the death of a popular volunteer named Penny Cousard for Mississauga to reinforce the importance of pedestrian safety measures.
On January 31, Cousard, was struck by a car while operating her electric mobility scooter in a bike lane along Dixie Road, near Lakeshore Road East.
The local Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko said that Vision Zero, a multinational project aimed at preventing fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle collisions, needed to be pushed by the city. The Region of Peel is committed to the project and has developed a strategic plan from 2018-2022.
The city has suggested a number of safety practices for pedestrians. These include:
• Watching for all moving vehicles
• Wearing light-coloured or reflective clothing and accessories in low light or at night time
• Crossing the road at the intersection or a pedestrian walkway
• Obeying traffic signals at intersections
• Making sure the driver intends to give you the right of way
• Pushing the pedestrian signal button available at signalized intersections and
• Exiting vehicles safely
In the winter months in particular, wearing dark clothing can really set one up for a possible accident given the poor visibility that makes driving and walking about dangerous. -CINEWS