Pedestrian Safety

  • Be Visible - Wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.*
  • Equipment - Carry a flashlight when walking at night.*
  • Sidewalks - Always walk on a sidewalk or path. If there are none available, walk facing traffic, on the shoulder, as far away from traffic as possible.**
  • Be Predictable - Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. *
  • Cross Carefully – Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.*
  • Crosswalks - If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross. **
  • Walk Alertly – Keep alert at all times. Don’t be distracted by electronic devices including radios, smart phones, and other devices that take your eyes and ears off the road. **
  • Obey All Traffic Laws – Stay off of major highways and other pedestrian-prohibited roadways. **
  • Walk with a friend whenever possible - Choose walking friends with a similar pace and preferences.
  • Be Aware - Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely. *
  • *Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

    **Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NHTSA)