Walking is the simplest form of transportation and we use it EVERY day – walk through the parking lot to the grocery store, walk the kids to school, walk the dog or walk across the street to work. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes in 2012. So while walking may be the easiest form of transportation, by far, it is not the safest.
It’s important to remember a few quick tips to be safe while walking:
Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections.
WHY? This is where car drivers are expecting pedestrians to be.
WHY? Drivers and their 4,000 pounds of steel vehicles can’t react quickly.
Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
WHY? That is one of the main purposes of sidewalks – Feet traffic ONLY.
Be visible at all times – day or night.
WHY? If vehicles can’t see you, they can’t plan for you.
And don’t forget – Look both ways before crossing the street!
Want to see what the City of Austin is doing for pedestrian safety?Check out the City of Austin Pedestrian Programs.
Want to do more for pedestrians in your community?
Go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for resources and programs.