As the old song goes, everybody’s working for the weekend. But before you head home for your hard-earned break, here’s a pop quiz: Which day of the week is the most dangerous time to cross the street in Edmonton?
Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety recently crunched some numbers looking for trends in pedestrian collisions from 2009 to 2013. The patterns tell a story that both pedestrians AND drivers should take to heart.
In fact, every weekday rush hour sees a peak in collisions involving pedestrians. It’s most pronounced between 3 – 6 p.m., but there’s a spike between 6 – 9 a.m. on weekdays as well.
The story is different on weekends, when the rush hour for pedestrian collisions actually happens during the prime shopping hours between noon – 3 p.m. and in the wee hours from midnight – 3 a.m. It makes sense: both pedestrians and drivers are in a rush to get home after an evening out. It’s hard to see in the dark. Alcohol can be a factor for both drivers and pedestrians as well.
The statistics are partly about simple exposure: more people are on the move in cars and on foot during rush hour, so there are naturally more collisions.
But those stats also serve as a reminder about how much attention we pay to each other when we’re on the road. When you’re in a rush, feeling distracted by your workday or your plans for the weekend, remember — other drivers and pedestrians are in the same state of mind. That puts everyone at risk.
We also know that because of fading light, fall is the most dangerous season for pedestrian-vehicle collisions.
So, as you head home today, please make sure all that work you did to get to the weekend pays off — Heads up and pay attention!