You may be a bicyclist, or a driver, or even both. Regardless of your choice of transportation, everyone is a pedestrian at some point, whether you are walking to your car, the mall, or on a casual walk around the neighborhood.
There are several dangers of being a pedestrian: people may not see you, you may not see them, and miscommunication can result in accidents. Follow these pedestrian safety tips:
- While walking down streets, approaching intersections, and crossing busy streets, please stop what you are doing, turn down the volume, look where you are going, and listen for traffic.
- Ensure that the drivers have seen you before you step into traffic. If crossing more than one lane, make sure that vehicles in all lanes have noticed you and stopped before you cross.
- Listening to music, texting, and simply staring at our phones while walking has become a norm of the 21st century. However, when your eyes are locked onto your electronic device, everywhere around you becomes your blind spot.
Don't know where to walk?
Washington law indicates that if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far away from vehicles as possible. It is much safer to be able to observe traffic.
While walking with children:
It is recommended that children be accompanied by an adult. Walk children on your side that is not facing oncoming traffic, if possible. In the event of an accident, they would be safer.
See and Be Seen!
Be seen! Increase your visibility by wearing lighter colored clothing and reflective clothing. If children have to walk at night, they should carry flashlights.
Some intersections in Kenmore include Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB)'s or yellow crossing flags. Make sure you and your children know how to use these. Use the crossing flags and the RRFB's but you should never rely solely on the signals. Educate your children and remind youth to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
Useful links for pedestrians:
If you are interested in walking to school, follow the Northshore School District's Suggested Walk Paths