Tip of the Month: 'How Not to Get Hit by Cars' Part 2 -- Pedestrian Safety

April 11, 2010 — On average, a pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes and injured every 8 minutes, the Federal Highway Administration says.

The U.Va. Office of Emergency Preparedness has received a number of comments recently voicing concern for pedestrians, especially across Grounds where construction is under way and "shortcuts" have been created. 

These reminders will help you stay safe:

•    Use only paths created for pedestrian use – don’t take shortcuts or temporary paths created by others.

•    Cross the street at marked crosswalks or at intersections and observe traffic-control signals. Use the buttons!

•    Yield to motor vehicles and bicyclists when you are not in a crosswalk or are not crossing at an intersection.

•    Stay to the right on shared pathways and avoid walking in "bike only" lanes.

•    While walking or jogging alongside a road without sidewalks, always face traffic.

•    Make eye contact with oncoming motorists and cyclists, and indicate your intention to cross.

•    Be observant – be seen – be safe: Avoid cell phone use when walking in congested areas or crossing busy streets; wear bright colors and walk in well-lighted areas at night; and don't step into the street from behind an obstruction.

For information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 434-982-0565 or uvaoep@virginia.edu.