Pedestrian Safety


Take the time to cross slowly

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 Safe. Be Smart. Be Seen. Make sure drivers can see you.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:

  • Stop for pedestrians.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