Winter has finally arrived and today was the first of many dark, rainy commutes into the city...and I have a beef - I can't see you people! Yes, I mean you - dashing across the street in a vain attempt to stay dry in your black shoes, dark pants, black trench coat and carrying a black computer bag, oblivious to everything while talking on your cellphone.
In the event of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, it is often the pedestrian who suffers a serious, and possibly life altering, injury; even when they were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. This being true, pedestrians should follow these tips whenever walking near or crossing a roadway:
- Use crosswalks, but still remember to follow the tips…
- Do not assume the drive sees you even if you see the driver – Make eye contact before crossing.
- Walk on paths or sidewalks. Otherwise walk facing traffic.
- Wear bright colors or reflective materials, especially in the dark or in inclement weather.
If you typically wear a dark colored jacket, dark pants and dark shoes, and carry a dark colored bag or case, chances are you cannot be seen. Attach a lighted beacon or reflective tape to your outerwear or bag.
- Use extra caution when talking on a cell phone or wearing headphones. Better yet, don’t distract yourself and stay alert.
- Slow down.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Look for movement on the sides of the road and/or between parked cars. There could be pedestrians or bicyclists who are going to enter the roadway.
What do you do to keep yourself safe on the roadway? Do you have a good story to share about what not to do while on the roadway?