Pedestrian safety is an important issue, but it often receives less attention than it should. According to Berkeley SafeTREK, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents increased from 2019 to 2020 by 3.9% even though there was a 13.2% decrease in driving. This is something that should concern the public and all pedestrians.
The importance of pedestrian safety
The dangers of walking on the streets today are becoming more and more present. With so many people driving vehicles and not paying attention to pedestrians, it’s easy to become a victim of an accident.
Pedestrian safety should be taken seriously because pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. They are exposed to many different hazards while walking. Pedestrians hit by vehicles at speeds above 30 km/h are more likely to suffer severe injuries or get killed.
Basic pedestrian safety tips
With these basic safety tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of pedestrian injury or death.
- The first step in preventing pedestrian accidents is to obey the traffic rules. The number of pedestrian fatalities is on the rise because people do not follow traffic rules or obey traffic signals.
- Crosswalks are probably your best bet for crossing the street as there is protection in place for you. However, you will have to be especially careful as cars also have a right of way. If you’re crossing a street with a crosswalk, the rules are simple: Be respectful of the cars and other pedestrians crossing. Don’t assume cars are going to stop for you. If it’s not clear that they’re stopping, take a step back. Cross only when vehicles have stopped.
- Always make eye contact with an approaching driver to ensure that they see you. Assumptions might result in dangerous situations when drivers are not expecting someone to walk out in front of them.
- In many cases, a green light means it’s safe to proceed, but pedestrians need to still keep an eye out for oncoming traffic as sometimes it’s not safe to cross even with a green light.
- If you are walking at night, make sure other road users can see you. Wear bright-colored clothing and shoes that have reflective material so drivers can see you more easily.
- It is important to be responsible when walking, and that includes not taking alcohol or drugs. Walking while impaired by alcohol or drugs can lead to accidents, injuries, and even death. Alcohol slows your reaction time and impairs your judgment.
- As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and to look out for cars backing up in parking lots. Drivers may be distracted while reversing, so make sure you wait until they have exited before crossing.
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