Edmonton crosswalks dangerous: pedestrians

While city continues jaywalking blitz, city data shows most collisions happen while people cross legally.

While the city continues to target jaywalkers with a ticketing blitz, some pedestrians are saying they don’t feel much safer between the white lines.

"People are just not paying attention and it's that simple," said Lance Woodward, as he stood on the corner of Jasper Avenue and 114th Street.

"You’ll be halfway through an intersection, out 10 feet, and someone will go bombing through there. Not even looking."

Others on the street tell tales of impatient drivers and close calls.

According to data from the city’s Office of Traffic Safety, just shy of 2,000 pedestrians were hit by vehicles between 2006 and October of 2011.

Of those, over 1,200 were crossing with proper right-of-way, compared to 383 who weren’t crossing legally.

Another 119 pedestrians were hit while on the sidewalk.

Gerry Shimko, executive director of the Office of Traffic Safety, said that while they do often focus on discouraging jaywalking, they’re also concerned about accidents that happen in intersections.

They work with police to ticket drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians.

But Shimko said even when pedestrians have the right-of-way, the city encourages them to pay attention while stepping on the road.

"Unfortunately, with pedestrians, whether they are right or wrong, they are going to be on the wrong end of any collision."

Shemko said pedestrian safety programs usually start up in the fall, when the days become shorter and pedestrians are harder to see.