Traffic Safety Programs
York Region has several programs and initiatives supporting traffic, cycling and pedestrian safety in which the City of Markham supports and participates.
York Region Traffic Safety Program
York Region’s goal is to reduce the number and severity of collisions that happen on Regional roads. The safety of all Regional roads and intersections is assessed annually. Based on the results, York Region can see which roads and intersections can be improved. The findings are then used to make improvements, enforce the law, and develop programs and events to increase awareness and educate residents about what they can do to stay safe.
Pedestrians & Motorists – Let’s Work on Our Relationship
York Region reminds pedestrians and cyclists to increase their visibility and motorists to be more alert to their surroundings. Shorter daylight hours, changing weather and reduced visibility can result in significant safety issues. The Region has released a series of videos aimed at educating the public and promoting a safe relationship between pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
Pledge to Ignore Campaign
Distracted Driving is now the leading cause of accidents on roads in Ontario. The Pledge to Ignore campaign is designed to help save lives and means making a commitment to yourself or a loved one not to use your cell phone while driving or walking near traffic.
The School Cycling Education Program (BikeFest) and Junior Instructor Program teach safe cycling skills to elementary school and high school students in York Region. The programs are part of CAN-BIKE, the Canadian Cycling Association’s nationally-standardized cycling safety program.
Junior Instructor Program
The Junior Instructor Program trains high school students to be junior CAN-BIKE instructors. Students who complete the training are certified as CAN-BIKE instructors and can teach younger students.
School Cycling Education Program (Bikefest)
All elementary school children are eligible to register for this program, however, they must:
Know how to ride a bike
Own a bike in good working condition
Have a bike with working rear brakes
Wear a helmet that is in good condition
Wear weather-appropriate clothing
Wear closed toe shoes
Cycle training will be outside, weather permitting
A classroom program will be available to those who do not bring their bicycles
CAN-BIKE is an independent program
The Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road. Program development is coordinated through two national committees. Course delivery and administration takes place through CAN-BIKE Delivery Agents, such as provincial and territorial cycling associations, regional instructor committees, community associations, municipal departments, service groups and the efforts of individual instructors.