Walking or riding a bicycle while distracted could be extremely hazardous to your health. Warmer weather can make you want to be outdoors walking to work, to school or to get some exercise. Here are some tips for staying safe while navigating our streets:
Make sure you’re visible to drivers at all times and make eye contact with them whenever possible. This is especially important at night in low-light conditions such as dusk and dawn or in inclement weather.
Stay Alert – Avoid Distractions
Distractions are everywhere and are increasingly more difficult to avoid. Remember, as a pedestrian, your eyes and ears are your best tools for keeping safe. Stay alert and watch out. Put down your phone. Smartphones and handheld electronic devices are a daily part of life, but they take your eyes off the road and divert your attention. Don’t wear headphones. Your ears tell you a lot about what’s happening around you – be sure to use them.
Follow the Rules
Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals. Following these rules, vehicles help to anticipate what drivers may do and increase your safety. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way. Make every effort to make eye contact with the driver of a stopped or approaching vehicle before entering the roadway.
Walk in Safe Places
Use crosswalks when crossing the street. If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to find the most well-lit spot and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to make it safely across the street. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, be sure to walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. This practice increases your visibility to drivers.
And remember, look both ways when you cross the street.