Tips for People Who Walk
To get from COMPETE streets to COMPLETE streets, half of the equation is attitude!
You know what they say about when you assume? Well the consequences are much more than embarrassment when you make the wrong assumption as a pedestrian. Three pro tips to follow:
- Don’t assume the person driving sees you
- Don’t assume that they will stop when you step into the crosswalk
- Don’t assume the car the next lane over will also stop
We are all for asserting your rights as a pedestrian but we really would like to keep you alive. If you feel the need to assume something, assume the motorist is distracted because that is how a lot of crashes happen. If you’re distracted as well all hope is lost. And guess who loses when a car and a pedestrian meet in a crash?
And we are not just talking about crossing in the middle of the road. Remember most crashes happen at intersections with traffic lights and crosswalks. So keep an eye out for motorists making turns. They are likely to be more focused on other cars than on you.
There is indeed safety in numbers. When there are lots of people out walking around, motorists are much more likely to notice you in a crosswalk. Where you need to be extra careful are in the places where pedestrian activity is not as common.