RCMP remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be alert on the roads

June 9, 2022

Parkland RCMP and Spruce Grove Protective Services have responded to a rash of collisions involving either pedestrians or cyclists within Spruce Grove. Over the last 30 days, there have been a total of seven such incidents involving either pedestrians or cyclists.

With the warm summer weather coming in, police would like to remind the public to pay attention to their surroundings.  There is a large increase of people and vehicles typically observed over the summer months and everyone needs to be extra vigilant when using our public roads, crosswalks and walk ways.

For those enjoying a bicycle ride around the city, it is recommended that a helmet is worn to help protect the rider in the event of a fall or collision.  Pedestrians should be aware of approaching vehicles when entering a cross walk and ensure that you can see the driver and that the driver sees you.  Both cyclists and pedestrians are reminded to look both ways before crossing and be aware of approaching vehicles. 

For the motorists, be aware of intersections with crosswalks as well as those near the edge of the road.  Drivers need to ensure they are aware of their surroundings in the event someone else is not, to ensure they don’t end up in a collision. 

Police would also like to remind everyone that if you are distracted by a hand-held electronic device, the chances of getting into a collision greatly increase.  It is everyone’s responsibility to do their part so we can all safely enjoy the activities we do.

Spruce Grove Enforcement Services and the City of Spruce Grove will be placing signs at key locations to remind everyone about intersection, crosswalk and pedestrian/cyclist safety.  This initiative will be supplemented by selective traffic enforcement in a number of locations over the coming weeks.