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Pedestrian safety tips

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2021
Updated on April 8, 2022

With weather warming up, more pedestrians will be out on local sidewalks and roadways. Please keep these safety tips in mind.

When walking:
  • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Look across all lanes for moving vehicles before proceeding.
  • When possible cross in a well-lit area at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing.
  • Obey pedestrian and traffic-control signals at all intersections that have them.
  • Do not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. Use common sense.
When driving:
  • Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.
  • Scan the road and sides of the road ahead for pedestrians.
  • Before making a turn or backing up, look in all directions for pedestrians.
  • Obey speed limits and traffic signals, and avoid distracted or aggressive driving.
  • Never pass or drive around a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.

For additional pedestrian safety tips, visit or call 952-563-4900.