Pedestrian safety tips

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 blm.mn/walksafe or call 952-563-4900.