Walk Safely – Tips for Pedestrians, Bikers, and Drivers

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The pandemic got a lot of us outside, let's make sure we're all safe as the days grow shorter.

With the closure of gyms, malls, and just about everything else in the county, many of us took up walking for exercise or just to pass the time. As we head into the darker, winter months, it is more important than ever to be seen and stay safe while out on the road.

Here are a few safety tips as you continue to rack up those miles:

  1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  2. Walk on sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  3. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  4. Whenever possible, cross at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
    • No crosswalk or intersection? Locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
  5. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
  6. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials and/or use a flashlight at night.
  7. Take special care crossing driveways.

Drivers, don’t think we’ve forgotten about you. Here are some helpful things to do as you get behind the wheel:

  1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
  2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
  3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
  6. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  7. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.
  8. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Have you taken up biking? We have tips for you too!

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