Walking is still one of the most common methods of travel, from short journeys, nipping to the local shop, commuting, to more leisurely strolls. Unfortunately it can also lead to road related collisions if proper care and attention are not used at all times.
As a pedestrian of any age there are a number of top tips that you can follow:
- Plan your route before you set out, can you avoid busy roads or choose a route with pedestrian crossings? If possible avoid peak road times if you can, when the traffic is busiest
- Look out for yourself, concentrate and be aware of what is going on around you
- Always stay on the pavements if there is one provided and stop near the kerb prior to crossing the road
- Avoid crossing on blind corners and between parked vehicles
- Use Pedestrian crossings where ever possible, they are provided for your safety, with many including special crossings for cyclists and horse riders on certain routes
- Take extra care when crossing the road when under the influence of alcohol or if with friends that have been drinking, look out for each other
- Listening to music or using your mobile phones can be a distraction while crossing the road, simply put them to one side till after you have crossed
- Be aware of vehicles in busy areas, such as car parking spaces near shops, where drivers may be distracted and if reversing may have limited visibility and may not see you
- If you are walking in the early morning or after dark, wear something bright or reflective, Be Bright Be Seen!
- Teach your children by example, you are your child's best teacher and they will follow your actions
- If you drive a mobility scooter, check your speed when on the pavement, remember 4mph is the maximum speed limit for pavements AND give pedestrians priority, especially those with hearing or visual impairment who may not be aware that you are there
- Cyclists - Walk with your bicycle when in a pedestrian area and remember to dismount when using a Pelican, Puffin or Zebra crossing
- Drivers - watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way.
For further information on the Safer Roads Partnership and any of its campaigns or initiatives, or if you have any queries, then please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01709 832455 and ask for the Safer Roads Office.
To keep up-to-date with our many events and initiatives around South Yorkshire then follow us on Twitter or via our Facebook page.
Simple Steps to Safety - Short video clip on basic, essential advice when crossing the road.
Tales of the Road - Child Safety Advice
Sheffield City Council - Pedestrian Safety Advice
Barnsley Council - Road Safety Advice
Doncaster Council - Road Safety Advice
Rotherham Council - Road Safety Advice
Highway Code - Advice for Pedestrians
Road Crossings - Advice for Motorists