In 2016, a Pedestrian Safety Task Force was created by Mayor Dave Earling to address issues related to pedestrian safety throughout the City through an education program. In order to improve pedestrian safety below is a list of important reminders for both pedestrians and drivers:
Be safe to be seen: make yourself visible to drivers
- Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
- Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
- Cross streets in a well-lit area at night.
- Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you before you enter the street.
Be smart, be alert: avoid dangerous behaviors
- Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle (if a driver is talking on a cell phone, eating, texting, or otherwise distracted, they may not see you).
- Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.
Be careful at crossings: look before you step
- Always cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
- Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs. Where there are pedestrian countdown signs look at how much time is left to cross and wait if there is insufficient time to cross without running
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
- Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
- Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.
Be alert: watch for pedestrians at all times
- Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.
- Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.
- Do not use your cell phone while driving.
- Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing-up.
- For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.
Be responsible: yield to pedestrians at crossings
- Yield to pedestrians in /waiting to cross at marked or unmarked crosswalks.
- Yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
Be patient: drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers
- Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
- Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
- Use extra caution when driving near schools and/or children playing near the street also remember that some pedestrians, including some older pedestrians, may not be able see or hear you.
- Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.
The Mayor’s Task Force has recently made pedestrian safety presentations to several local groups. If you would like the group to make a similar presentation in front of a group you are active in, please contact Mr. Bertrand Hauss (Transportation Engineer) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (425)771-0220. Presentations take