Who is a pedestrian? Any person on foot or in a wheelchair (see Section 130 of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law). Even if you drive to work, you’re a pedestrian the moment you leave your car
As a Pedestrian:
- Always cross at a crosswalk or corner.
- Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT before crossing.
- Always walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, always walk on the side of the road FACING traffic.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Be seen – wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials, carry a flashlight at night.
- Mount a safety flag on a wheelchair, motorized cart or stroller for visibility.
As a motorist:
- Be alert – scan the road for pedestrians.
- Be extra cautious when driving near children or older pedestrians that may not see or hear you.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and when turning at intersections
- Obey the speed limit
Web Sites with Additional Information on Pedestrian Safety
- Walking Safely
- Walk this Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum
- New York State Department of Health – Pedestrian Safety, Children Ages Five to Nine Years
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- SafeNY – Pedestrian Safety Index & Overview
- A Kid’s Guide to Safe Walking (2008)