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All Pedestrians

While techniques and programs should be tailored to specific audiences, all pedestrians should know general pedestrian safety basics. Additionally, pedestrians should understand the rules of the road and the right-of-way. For example, many pedestrians do not know that it is illegal to begin crossing the street once a DON'T WALK crossing signal (i.e., red hand or words) starts blinking.

Other general pedestrian safety messages include:

  • Be predictable. Stay off freeways and restricted zones. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets only where legal.
  • Where no sidewalks are provided, walk facing traffic.
  • Make it easy for drivers to see you—dress in light colors and wear reflective material. It might be wise to carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
  • If exercising, wear highly visible, reflective clothes.
  • Be wary. Don't assume drivers see you—make eye contact to ensure they do.
  • Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.

Sharing the streets: 9 tips for safe walking

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