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Home > City Services > Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board > Safety Tips For Pedestrians

Safety Tips For Pedestrians

adapted from Safe Sound Family

  •  Do not use your cell phone or engage in other distracting activities while walking. Focus solely on the task at hand – getting from point A to point B in one piece.
  •  If you must talk or text, pull out of the stream of pedestrian traffic and stop walking while doing it.
  • If you cannot wait to take that phone call or check your email, hold your phone up higher in your visual field so that you can see any potential risks as they come.
  • Take frequent breaks while you are using your device and walking – looking up every few seconds to assess your surroundings will help increase your safety.
  • Use software that reads out messages to you, and voice recognition typing so that you can give commands with your voice instead of having to continually look at your screen. Type n Walk is available for $1.19 in the iOS App Store and the Walking Text is free from the Google Play Store.
  • Ensure the volume of your headphones is at a reasonable level so that you can hear any potential dangers and alerts. You can also keep just one earbud in so that you can still have a decent level of hearing ability. Noise-cancelling headphones should be a no-no while walking.
  • Start the education process early. Just as you teach your children to look both ways before crossing a street, teach your children not to use their mobile devices while walking.
  • Obey traffic signals. No matter how late you are or whether or not you think you can make the light, if the signal is not in your favor, do not begin crossing.
  • Cross the road at crosswalks or signalized intersections.
  • Whenever possible, walk on a sidewalk. If a sidewalk is not available you should walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic so that you can clearly see oncoming vehicles and they can see you.
  • At night, wear light-colored clothing and walk in well-lit areas. Carry a flashlight, wear a headlamp, and wear reflective clothing for added visibility.