SDOT's Holiday Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Drive with Care. Walk Aware.
Throughout the holidays, the city of Seattle asks you to please be aware. Whether driving, walking, or biking, take it slow and watch out for others. Keep in mind that people of all ages and abilities are pedestrians. Together, we can all make this a safe holiday season.
Tips for driving safely
- Plan your next move and use your turn signals
- Don’t block the box
- Focus on the Road – You are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if you are texting while driving.
- Stop for pedestrians – it’s the law in Washington State
- Always look for pedestrians and cyclists when attempting a turn.
- Make eye contact with a pedestrian before proceeding through a crosswalk
- Never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk—assume they are stopped for a pedestrian
Tips for walking safely
- Use the sidewalk
- Wear bright clothing at night so you can be more easily seen
- Use marked crosswalks whenever possible
- At signals, start crossing the street only when you have the “walk” signal
- Watch for traffic even in a marked crosswalk with the “walk” signal – make eye contact with drivers who are approaching
- Don’t be a distracted walker—turn off headphones and pay attention when crossing the street
Tips for biking safely
- Wear light colored outer clothing, preferably with reflective strips, and a helmet
- Use a bright, white light on the front of your bike and a red reflector on the back
- When in the street, follow the same traffic laws required for motor vehicles
- When on the sidewalk travel slowly and yield to pedestrians
- Be predictable - avoid sudden turns or lane changes
Questions about the Center City Holiday Pedestrian Safety Campaign? Contact Dawn.Schellenberg@Seattle.gov.