Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety

Be safe. Be seen.

Pedestrian crossing in the modern city.

Pedestrians - people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means — are among the most vulnerable users of the road. Take steps to be safe when walking on roadways:

  • Increase visibility by wearing reflective or bright clothing.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Use the designated crosswalk or intersection. Do not jaywalk.
  • Follow “Don’t Walk” and “Walk” intersection signals.
  • Look left, then right, then left again before moving into a crosswalk or intersection and walking across it.
  • Use sidewalks or trails when available.
  • If there is not a sidewalk, walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic. Never walk with the traffic at your back.
  • Be patient and aware.
  • Stand clear of any object that may hide you from drivers.
  • Stay sober.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road making sure they have seen you.
  • Pay attention to engine noises and backup lights as they may indicate what the driver is planning.
  • Watch for vehicles that are turning at crossings to make sure they stop for you.
  • Do not wear headphones or use a phone while walking through crossings.

Child Safety

  • Talk to children about how to be safe when walking. Explain how to use sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic signals.
  • Teach children to not be distracted with electronic devices or other objects when crossing the road.
  • Show children how to look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street.
  • Children younger than 10 should cross streets with an adult due to their lack of ability to judge the speed and distance of cars.

Tips for Drivers

  • Be alert in residential areas for people suddenly stepping into the street or running through an intersection.
  • Be alert in school zones for children.
  • Slow down and follow speed zone limits when passing through crosswalk areas and intersections.
  • Ensure headlights correctly shine at night.
  • Give pedestrians the right-of-way, letting them pass first.