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Every year in the U.S. there are over 4000 pedestrian fatalities.
Keeping pedestrians safe is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians alike. Learn how you can be safe on the streets and help spread the safety message to children, family and friends.
The Four Steps to Safe Crossing
- Stop at the curb before crossing the street.
- Look left, right and left again. If you're on a corner, look over your should for turning vehicles.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Walk, don't run, across the street and continue to look left and right as you cross.
When riding a bike in the streets, you are considered a vehicle and must follow the same laws and traffic patterns as motor vehicles. Also, consider the following additional safety tips:
- Wear a helmet that fits.
- Wear reflective clothing and use bike lights when possible.
- Do not wear headphones while riding.
- Use hand signals.
For More Information
You can download this Pedestrian Safety flyer to share tips and "do's and don'ts" with your children. For more information on pedestrian safety for kids, visit:
- Safe Kids USA (walking)
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (walking)
- Virginia DMV (walking)
- Chesapeake Police Department (walking)
- Virginia DMV (biking)
- Chesapeake Police Department (biking)
- The Ultimate Bike Safety Guide (biking)
Have a group of children we can speak to about pedestrian safety? Contact the Public Works Information Specialist Elizabeth Vaughn at 382-6983 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a presentation.