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Street Smart

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Cross at corners and intersections.
  • Use marked crosswalks where available.
  • Before crossing look left, right, then left again.
  • Use the pedestrian buttons and begin crossing the street on the “Walk” signal.
  • Be visible at night and in inclement weather.
  • Watch out for vehicles turning right on red.
  • Use sidewalks or walk facing traffic where there are no sidewalks.
  • When stepping off a bus, allow it to proceed before crossing to ensure a clear sight line.
  • Walk sober.
  • Eliminate all distractions.

Driver Safety Tips

  • Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and yield the right of way at intersections.  
  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Stop and look for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning right on red.
  • Be careful when passing vehicles stopped at or adjacent to crosswalks and intersections.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Take extra care around buses.
  • Allow three feet when passing bicyclists.
  • Eliminate all distractions.
  • Driver sober.

Parking Lot Tips

Conflicts between pedestrians and drivers are a common occurrence in parking lots. Whether you’re traveling on foot or in a motor vehicle, treat a parking lot like a roadway. Look out for and obey all signs and roadway markings. Remember, the moment you exit your vehicle, you become a pedestrian.

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Be aware of your surroundings and scan in all directions for vehicles. Even though you may see the approaching vehicle, don’t assume the driver sees you.
  • Eliminate distractions. Keep your head up at all times.
  • Look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks and always use sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Walk down parking lot aisles, not in-between vehicles.
  • Listen for cars and look for illuminated brake lights – a sign that the driver may be backing out of the parking space. Yield the right of way since the driver may not be able to see you. • If walking with children, take their hand. Interacting with traffic is complex. The ability to determine direction and location of traffic, as well as fully scan the roadway, isn’t fully developed until about age 11 or 12.
  • To avoid slipping and falling in inclement weather, wear footwear that provides good traction.
  • Be visible at night and in inclement weather. Attach retro-reflective material to clothing and/or footwear.

Tips for Drivers

  • Slow down and observe posted speed limits, which are typically 10 mph.
  • Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and yield the right of way when a pedestrian is walking through a space where you intend to park.
  • When looking for a parking spot, park further away where there is less pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • Avoid going in reverse whenever possible by backing in rather than out or pulling all the way through a space.
  • If you must back out of a space, always check all mirrors and glance over your shoulder. Make sure your rear and side view mirrors are properly adjusted (you should be able to see the edge of the rear of your vehicle in your side view mirrors) so that you can scan a full 360 degrees.
  • Tap your horn twice before backing up to alert others.
  • Exit a parking space with caution, go slowly and look for pedestrians and other vehicles.
  • Be even more cautious in a parking garage since pedestrians may be harder to spot due to low lighting and/or obstructions

For more information about
Street Smart contact
Tara Shepherd (908) 788-5553 ext.13