We all recognize how important it is to stay active.
Let’s Move, Mississauga is an event that is taking place during the week of Tuesday, May 18 to Monday, May 24. Residents of all ages and abilities – including students learning online – are encouraged to get outside and be active, while staying safe and following the rules of the road. During the week-long event, participants are encouraged to walk, jog, wheelchair, cycle or use any other form of active transportation along with members of their household.
During the event, you’re encouraged to keep track of the distance you travel. At the end of the week, if you’ve travelled 2 kilometres or more, you can go online and complete our digital certificate to share your accomplishment on social media using the hashtag #LetsMoveSauga.
When outside, please follow all health and safety COVID-19 guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Let’s Move, Mississauga is a joint partnership between Mississauga’s Traffic Safety Council and Road Safety Committee. The safety messages included in this event are a part of our greater efforts to educate road users to help achieve Vision Zero in Mississauga. The initiative also coincides with Canada Road Safety Week to raise awareness of road safety for all road users using any mode of travel.
Walk to school event
Students learning virtually can participate by finding some time in the day to get outside and be active. It can be a fun activity for the whole family. A digital certificate for participating is also available for students to print and share their accomplishments.
If schools resume for in-person learning, what better way to stay active than by walking, cycling or rolling to school. Walking and rolling to school also helps reduce traffic congestion in and around school zones, as well as reduces carbon emissions from vehicles. If walking to school isn’t possible, parents or guardians can consider parking a couple of blocks from the school and walking.
Download and print your digital certificate after completing 2 kilometres of movement. Share your accomplishment on social media using the hashtag #LetsMoveSauga.
- Follow pedestrian signals and be aware of your surroundings.
- Don’t begin crossing the street during the flashing “don’t walk” phase. Press the button, if there is one, and wait for the next walk signal.
- Make eye contact with drivers, where possible, before you proceed.
- Jaywalking can be dangerous; cross at pedestrian crossovers and crosswalks.
- Obey crossing guards stationed at designated school crossings.
- If you are trying to maintain physical distancing by walking on the roadway, walk facing traffic where possible.
- Be extra aware in areas with a lot of driveways. Drivers may be reversing and may have a hard time seeing you.
- Learn more about pedestrian safety.
- Slow down around pedestrians and use extra caution when approaching seniors, children and pets.
- Keep to the right, pass others on the left.
- When approaching another cyclist or pedestrian on a shared pathway or bike lane, use your bell or give a friendly verbal warning before passing. This prevents collisions and startling other trail users.
- When approaching a sharp turn that obstructs your view, approach slowly or on foot, use your bell or give a verbal warning, and proceed when clear to do so.
- It is strongly recommended that everyone wear a helmet when riding their bike – it is required for those under the age of 18 to wear a helmet.
- Make sure to stay on the marked trail/pathway.
- Be sure your bike has a light and reflector as it’s required by law to help you stay visible to drivers and other trail users.
- Obey all trail signs and traffic signals/signs.
- Look for pedestrians and cyclists, especially when turning left or right. Don’t just look in front of you. Check the entire crosswalk and surrounding sidewalks and multi-use trails for pedestrian and cyclists.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk or crossride.
- Distracted driving is dangerous and illegal. Give driving your full attention.
- Drive within the posted speed limits and follow all traffic signs and signals.
- Be aware and follow lower speed limits in school zones and in neighbourhoods where children are present and sometimes unpredictable.
- Never assume a pedestrian has seen you! Always make eye contact and confirm with pedestrians that they know you’re yielding the right of way or turning.
- Always look before you back up and check all around your vehicle for pedestrians and cyclists before you go. Check your mirrors and be especially careful in driveways and parking lots.
- Use extra caution near transit stops and stations. They are locations of high pedestrian and cyclist activity that require your full attention.
- If parking on-street, check your mirrors before opening your doors to ensure you don’t hit a cyclist or pedestrian as they pass your vehicle.