Road Safety

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We all play a role in keeping our community safe. Especially as kids head back to school in the fall, we ask drivers to drive carefully and use extreme caution during peak student travel times.

Tips for Drivers

Drivers should remember the acronym G.U.A.R.D.

  • Guards: Watch for and obey crossing guards. Cyclists and drivers must stop when a guard signals them to do so.
  • Understand and follow the posted speed limits, especially in school zones.
  • Always check before turning at intersections. Make eye contact with pedestrians so they know you see them.
  • Remain stopped until all pedestrians and guards have cleared the crossing.
  • Do not drop children off in NO stopping or NO parking zones.  

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Use your eyes and ears! Remember to stop, look and listen for cars before crossing the street – even when there is a crossing guard or traffic signal.
  • Check that cars in each lane have stopped. Make eye contact with drivers so you know they see you.
  • Look left, right and left again to make sure the road is clear.
  • Don’t cross the road between parked cars or mid-block.
  • Using headphones or cellphones when walking can be distracting and make it hard to hear vehicles.
  • Walk, don’t run, while crossing the street.

Video Guides 

We've prepared the following videos to help pedestrians cross safely at pedestrian crossovers and traffic lights. 

Tips for Cyclists

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) offers the following cycling safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet – it is the law for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Children under 10 are allowed to ride on the sidewalk – but watch for pedestrians.
  • Wear bright clothes so drivers can see you better.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping to let drivers know what you are going to do next.
  • Always stop at stop signs and red lights.
  • Stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing.
  • Look in all directions before entering a road to make sure the road is clear.

By using caution and following these tips, together we can help keep our community safe.

Crossing Guards Needed

We are currently experiencing a shortage of crossing guards. If you have daytime availability and are interested, please apply to become a crossing-guard so that we can continue to offer this important service to the community.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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