Pedestrian Safety

Our community is a pedestrian-friendly city, with ample trails and sidewalks lining most streets. While walking may be simple, it’s important to learn and know the basics of walking safely around crosswalks, in parking lots, and elsewhere around town.

  1. Always cross at an intersection and preferably in a crosswalk.
  2. Make eye contact with drivers to be sure you are seen.
  3. Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  4. Avoid wearing headphones or using your phone when crossing the street.
  5. Watch for traffic the entire time you are crossing a street.
  6. Be aware of turning vehicles.
  7. Do not cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars.
  8. Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks.
  9. If you have to walk on a road without sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  10. Never walk behind a vehicle that is backing up.
  11. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  12. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if walking at night. Consider carrying a flashlight.
  13. Don’t start walking if you see a flashing DON’T WALK SIGNAL.
  14. Wait for the WALK signal to cross the street safely.street-smarts-family-pedestrians