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.