Walking Tips


 Keeping safe while walking requires paying attention to some simple rules you may have learned in grade school.

  • Cross at the corner and use the crosswalk
    • Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
    • Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic.
    • Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing.
    • Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.
    • Walk, don’t run across the street.
  • Walk against traffic on roads with no sidewalks
  • Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing
  • Watch for turning vehicles in front and behind you before crossing an intersection
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing
  • Establish eye contact and wave to drivers and cyclists to make sure they see you
  • Stay to the right on off-street paths that are shared with cyclists
  • Carry a flashlight if walking at night or early morning

For more tips on walking saftey, take a look at our Pedestrian Safety webpage.

Did You Know?

Although 41% of all trips made in the United States are one mile or less, fewer than 10% of all trips are made by walking and biking (1).  The time it takes to walk to a nearby destination is quicker than you think!  A 1-mile walk at a leisurely pace takes about 20-25 minutes, and proves to be a great source of excerise.  Walking your child to school can be a great way to incorporate excercise in your day.

(1) Ham, S., et al., 2005, Trends in Walking for Transportation in the United States, 1995 and 2001, Preventing Chronic Disease