To stay safe on the roads, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists need to respect each other. Drivers should look out for pedestrians by avoiding distractions and drive in relation to conditions as well as adhering to speed limits.
- Plan a route with safe crossings
- Avoid distractions, alcohol and drugs, and be alert
- Dress to be seen, wear reflective clothing, but never assume drivers see you
- Carry a blinking light or flashlight at night
- Walk on sidewalks and if there’s no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible
- Watch for cars backing up, especially in parking lots and driveways
When walking, pedestrians should be predictable, follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. They should cross at crosswalks or intersections – where drivers expect pedestrians.
While crossing, pedestrians must look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right, and make eye contact with turning drivers before proceeding when possible.
If there is no crosswalk or intersection, pedestrians should:
- Go to a well-lit area with the best view of traffic
- Wait until there is enough time to cross safely
- Continue to watch for traffic while crossing.