While walking, running, and hiking are healthy and enjoyable experiences, they can also be dangerous. That is why it is important to always use extra care when walking or jogging on a road or crossing at an intersection.
Tips for Pedestrians Safety
- Always use available cross-walks.
- Try to make eye contact with drivers before stepping out into traffic. Just because you can see the vehicle and/or driver, does not mean that they see you.
- Use the sidewalk. If a sidewalk is not accessible or available and you have to walk on the road, remember to walk on the left-side of the road, against traffic. (Minn. Stat. § 169.21, Subd. 5.)
- Parents must set pedestrian safety rules for their children. Talk to young children about chasing balls or other toys in the road. If your child is walking alone, find a route with the least number of street crossings. Teach them to look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- Be seen at night. Wear reflective clothing and/or carry a flash light.
- Cross roads at duly designated spots and use crosswalks whenever possible. Jaywalking is interpreted as being at fault and significant fault may be a bar to recovery.
- While a pedestrian who enters into an intersection before a motor vehicle may have the right-of-way, being legally right is cold comfort if one is injured or killed.
- Be very careful when crossing a multi-lane road in front of traffic which has stopped for you. Vehicles following the vehicle(s) which has or have stopped for you may wrongly interpret that the stopped vehicle intends to turn left and may pull around them, believing the intersection is otherwise clear.