Walk Safely: Tips on the Go

  • Cross at the corner and use crosswalks when available.

  • Even if you have the right of way, look both ways. Make eye contact to be sure drivers see you. Don’t assume drivers will stop.

  • If you have young children, teach and reinforce safe walking.

  • When wearing earphones, keep volume low enough to still be able to hear traffic or indications of danger, or wear just one earpiece.

  • Stand clear of hedges, buses, parked cars or other objects that could make it difficult for drivers to see you.

  • Wait for the walk signal before crossing. Don’t enter the crosswalk if the hand is flashing or solid red.

  • Wear something bright or reflective when its dark. Cross the street in a well-lit area if possible.

  • On trails/paths used by people biking, look behind you before making sudden turns.

  • When hiking, always let someone know your route, destination and expected return time.

  • At mid-block crossings, even if one car stops at a crosswalk, do not assume other motorists can see you and will stop for you.