Learn about traffic, cycling and pedestrian safety in York Region & Markham
The City of Markham wants you to be safe on the road! We work with York Region to make it safe to drive, cycle and walk in Markham.
York Region and Markham want to reduce the number of car accidents happening on our roads. York Region and Markham regularly review road safety to see what can be done to make roads safer. We also have programs and events that provide helpful strategies on how to stay safe.
There are many programs and resources available to increase bicycle safety and opportunities for schools to encourage cycling. Learn more about these programs on the York Region Cycling Education website.
Cycling Canada’s CAN-Bike program is run by the Canadian Cycling Association offers many courses on cycling safety. Learn more on the CAN-Bike website.
Safety Tips for Motorists Traveling Through Construction Zones
Many construction workers are inquired or killed each year when working on roads. When driving through construction zones motorist must:
Slow down early when approaching construction zones
Be patient and obey signs and signal persons
Merge well in advance when lanes are being funnelled down
Avoid lane changes, give yourself extra following space and be ready to stop
Do not speed up quickly when leaving construction zones
Do not pass construction vehicles when their amber lights are flashing
Plan ahead and expect delays
Safety Tips for Pedestrians Traveling Through Construction Zones
It is very important to obey ALL work zone signs, workers and pavement markings
Watch where you are going. Your primarily responsibility is to walk through the work zone as safely as you can
Orange Work Zone Signs — these signs communicate to drivers and pedestrians where is going on and how to travel safely through the work zone. They can also indicate that a sidewalk is closed and that a detour must be taken
Pavement Markings — painted or taped lines on the pavement separate car travel lanes and can also indicate pedestrian walking paths
During construction, some sidewalks may be closed. Pedestrians may be required to move to the other side of the road or to a temporary pedestrian walkway
Use designated pedestrian crosswalks and traffic lights to cross the street before reaching a construction zone and DO NOT cross in the middle of the road
Pease DO NOT walk on the roadway beside the barriers
Please be alert and aware of your surroundings when travelling near construction areas