Motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Although motorists have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle on city streets, pedestrians have more at stake.
***Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
***Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
***It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic.
***Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross. Be aware that drivers have differing levels of eyesight and skill in operating motor vehicles.
***Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Know what’s going on around you and don’t allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats, or items that you are carrying. Watch the pedestrian signals, not the traffic signal, and follow the “WALK/DON’T WALK” lights (they’re set up to help you cross safely). Look for pedestrian push buttons for crossing protection at signalized intersections. Watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets.
***When crossing, use all of your senses and don’t use your cell phone for calls and texting. Use particular caution when crossing driveways and alley entrances. Drivers may not expect you to be there or see you.
***Adults should supervise children when crossing streets. Smaller children may be difficult for drivers to see and
young children may not be able to judge whether it is safe to cross a street.
Here is some useful information to have as a pedestrian and links to other sites with good tips.