Walk This Way: How to Protect Yourself on City Sidewalks

If you watch Channel 8 or Fox 5, you know that everything in your life poses a risk. “Dirt Breaks Woman’s Leg” and “The Choking Hazards of Your Tennis Shoes” are great headlines to keep you from enjoying a walk, but you can’t live in a bubble all your life; eventually you’ll want and need to take a stroll.

But it’s okay. As long as you take proper precautions and pay attention to your surroundings, you’ll be able to enjoy your nightly jaunts again and if you’re lucky, get home in time for the next breaking news story: “The Dangers of Rain.”

Safety Steps for Pedestrian Protection

Montgomery County is a beautiful place to spend long afternoons, as long as you’re being safe. When you’re walking by yourself or with friends and family, make sure you’re alert to your surroundings and are following the basic rules of the road and sidewalks.

  • Stay aware of and alert to your surroundings. Even when you’re having a conversation, make sure you have a 360 degree awareness of cars, cracks or roots in sidewalks, and approaching pedestrians and bikes. You never know when something or someone may lose control or cause you to trip and fall
  • Never walk in the road or near the road when sidewalks are available. If you must walk in the road, make sure you’re walking against traffic so you can see any oncoming cars or potential problems. If biking, make sure you use the bike lane or stay in the right lane traveling with traffic.
  • When walking at night, dawn, or dusk, make sure you’re wearing bright colors to make yourself as visible as possible to vehicle operators.
  • Always cross at crosswalks or traffic signals. Before crossing, make sure you come to a complete stop until you are positive all drivers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists have also stopped and have seen you.

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