There are lots of transportation options available in Durham Region. One or several of the options below might be right for you, depending on the season, the distance and your situation. Some options are free, such as walking. Other options have fees, such as taxis or using the transit systems.

These include:

If you are commuting, visit the Smart Commute Durham website for more information on how to get the most out of your commute.

Travel safety

However you decide to get around, it's important to be aware of your surroundings to stay safe. Different forms of travel can include different safety precautions and risks.

If you are in danger or in an emergency situation, call 9-1-1.

Walking and biking safety

When walking or biking (sometimes called cycling), always make sure you are paying attention to road and traffic signals

Pedestrians have the right-of-way, but you still need to make sure your path is safe before walking. Always follow traffic and walking signals for safety. 

For biking safety, be sure you are in bike lanes or paths where available. Always wear a helmet.

Travelling alone or at night

When walking alone or at night, be sure to follow walking safety tips. Always follow traffic signals when you are walking.

If you are parked in an underground or dark parking lot, be wary of the cars around you. If there is a large vehicle or van parked next to the driver's side door of your car, be cautious or enter from the other side of the car and lock the doors. Do not idle in unpopulated areas at night.

Always drive safely and be aware of pedestrians and cyclists at night who may be wearing dark colours.

Request a stop at night with DRT

If you are taking the bus at night, you can use the "request stop" program. This allows you to tell the bus driver where you want to get off. If there is no stop near you, the bus driver will make a special stop to let you off closer to your destination. Once you exit the bus, be sure to follow the walking safety tips.

See the DRT website for more transit safety tips and request stop information. 

Car seats

There are car seat safety laws in Ontario. Be sure you know and understand car seat safety before you travel with a child.

Distracted and impaired driving

Distracted and impaired driving are against the law in Ontario.

Distracted driving includes using hand-held devices while driving, such as cell phones. Distracted driving is very dangerous. Always pay attention to the road when you are driving.

Impaired driving includes driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you drink or use drugs, don't drive. Always plan for a safe drive home, which could include using taxi or Uber services.

Get more information on transportation and transit or road and traffic safety from the Region of Durham website.

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