Safe Street Crossing
In communities across the world, there is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to walk to more places, and to feel safe while doing so. In Saskatoon, one of the City's strategic goals is to promote the movement of people and goods in and around the city by optimizing pedestrian safety.
As part of Saskatoon’s Strategic Plan, the Growth Plan to Half a Million has identified the need for active transportation in Saskatoon. Guided by community input, targets for active transportation have been developed, along with key directions and action items to improve active transportation facilities, policies and standards, support programs, education and awareness. The Active Transportation Plan target is to double walking and cycling trips to 24 per cent of all daily trips and 15 per cent of all commute trips by 2045.
As the population grows, there is recognition that the City needs to provide more education about the importance of sharing our roads and pathways. If you’re biking, walking, or using another form of active transportation having responsible travel behaviours will make the shared use of roadways, bike lanes, pathways and sidewalks safer for everyone.
Everyone needs to know the rules of the road and share the responsibility of roadway safety. Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility.
FAQs on Safe Street Crossing
In communities across the world, there is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to walk to more places and to feel safe while doing so.
Saskatoon is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, and is walkable every month of the year. Facilitating active transportation is being considered in the current and future design and development of the City.
Walking is an ideal means of transportation because:
- It's free and requires no special equipment
- It's accessible to all regardless of age, income, location and ability
- It's within the physical capabilities of most people and is a realistic goal for inactive people
- Walking combines all the physical benefits of activity while also providing a means of getting from place A to B
- Walking can easily be incorporated into our daily lives
- It can be enjoyed safely and there is a low risk of injury
Walking as a means of transportation can bring about a wide range of benefits such as:
- Disease prevention
- Weight management and the prevention of associated illnesses
- Positive mental health
Winter Walking & Snow Clearing
To help improve public safety and mobility, the Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw #8463 requires that residential sidewalks be clear of snow and ice within 48 hours of a snowfall, and sidewalks in certain commercial and suburban areas to be cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall. If the City receives a report of an uncleared sidewalk, the site will be checked and, if necessary, the owner/occupant will be asked to clear it.
Residents are asked not to throw or shovel snow on the road because it can affect drainage and the safety of pedestrians or drivers. Cleared snow must be placed on your property or removed, and not placed on the roadway. There are exceptions for properties with no space for snow storage, such as businesses with parking infrastructure along the sidewalk space.
To report a bylaw violation, please contact the City Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476. Residents who are not able to clear their own sidewalks of snow could consider asking family members or neighbours for help, or consider hiring an individual or service. Snow clearing services can be found online, in the phonebook, or in the newspaper.
Be a Snow Angel
If your neighbour is elderly, has health concerns or mobility restrictions, consider lending a hand by clearing their sidewalk.
If you receive help from a neighbour/relative – nominate them as a Snow Angel below or mail in their name and phone number to City of Saskatoon, 222 – 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon SK S7K 0J5. Tell the City how your Snow Angel has brightened your day. Once nominated, the City will send your Snow Angel a thank-you and enter them in a prize draw!
When clearing sidewalks, please exercise caution and care, especially during extremely cold weather.