How To Walk Safely

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Walking safety depends on being a responsible pedestrian and staying aware of everything going on around you.

Here's How:

  1. Be Seen in Daytime: Wear brightly colored clothing in the day.
  2. Be Seen at Night: Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight at night.
  3. Walk on path separated from traffic by a curb or green strip whenever possible.
  4. Walk on the side of the road opposing traffic when there is no separate sidewalk. This way you will see the cars approaching you.
  1. At intersections, make sure drivers acknowledge you before entering the crosswalk. Drivers may have a green light to turn left even though you have the walk light.
  2. Walk with a friend or dog to reduce chance of robbery/attack.
  3. Carry identification and a health information card, and have an ICE (in case of emergency) app on your mobile phone.
  4. If you carry a personal defense weapon, take ongoing training and stay within the local laws.
  5. Watch for tripping hazards, traffic and suspicious persons.
  6. Don't wear headphones/earphones that make you less aware of what is going on around you.
  7. Carry a mobile phone to use for emergency contacts and directions.
  8. Don't text and walk - distracted walkers are not aware of tripping hazards and potential human threats.
  9. Vary your route and time of day that you walk.
  10. Note businesses, etc. along your path where you can seek assistance when needed in the future.
  11. Give wide berth to dogs, whether they are on leash or off.


    1. If uncomfortable walking outdoors alone, find a walking group or club to walk with.
    2. Consider walking indoors at the mall, local track, or treadmilling at home or at the gym.

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