Push the Button! Wait for the Walk Signal!
Most pedestrian signals will not automatically change to provide pedestrian crossings at locations with push buttons; the button must be pushed to activate the signals. Each intersection is timed differently according to its size and traffic/pedestrian patterns. Intersections have been studied and timed based on an average walking speed. Longer crossing times are provided at intersections used primarily by children and senior citizens. Learn more about how to use push buttons here.
It’s that time of year again!
The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. Whether walking, biking, or driving — more people want to be outside on our streets. Please be safe when spending time outdoors:
- Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists and stop for them when they are walking, biking, or crossing the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers. They may be looking at flowers too and could be distracted. Make sure they see you and stop before you cross the street.
- When sidewalks aren’t available make sure you are facing traffic when walking and stay on the edge of the road, as far from cars as possible.
- Don’t stand in the middle of the street! If you are taking pictures of the cherry trees make sure you are out of the road and in a safe place away from traffic.
Learn More about Safe Routes to School
Thirty years ago, 60% of children living within a 2-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school. Today, that number has dropped to less than 15%. And, in the past 30 years, the number of children between the ages of 6 and 11 were considered to be overweight or obese has climbed from 5% to 20%. Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to reverse these trends by improving safety and promoting walking and bicycling. One great example is Walk to School Day on October 7, 2015.MORE...
Heads Up in Parking Lots
In 2012, there were 423 reported pedestrian collisions in Montgomery County. Of these collisions, 125, or about 30 percent, occurred in parking lots and garages – a 39 percent increase in one year and the third consecutive year that collisions in parking lots increased. Visit Parking Lot Safety.
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