Safe steps for pedestrians
Whether walking is your preferred way to get to around, or if you’re walking somewhere after parking your car – we’re all pedestrians at some point.
Just like driving, you want to stay alert. To keep yourself and others safe, use defensive walking techniques and be aware of what’s around you.
Walk smart, walk safe
Walking 4,400 steps a day improves health for older adults. Not only is walking a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s also a wonderful way to spend time with your family, get some fresh air, and even reduce stress.
While walking is a smart way to get around, it’s important to walk safely. Take small steps toward a safer walk by staying alert to what’s around you.
Walking regularly manages weight, reduces stroke risk, and diabetes, as well as other diseases. Older adults who walk at least 7,500 steps a day see increased health benefits.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Be safe and seen
- Wear bright clothing or reflective materials
- Carry a flashlight or headlamp
- Cross streets in well-lit areas
- Stay on the sidewalk
- If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic
- Pay attention to engine noise or car lights
Don’t be distracted
- Don’t text or talk on the phone
- Avoid wearing headphones
- Drinking alcohol will affect judgement and perception
Be careful at crossings
- Look before you cross the street
- Watch for turning vehicles
- Make eye contact with drivers
Safety on Two Wheels
Just like walking, bicycling comes with a myriad of benefits like better health and a cleaner environment. Bicyclists must be alert when sharing the road with cars.
Older bicyclists need to consider health and physical issues that may contribute to loss of balance, endurance, or the ability to steer.
Brushing up on cycling tips can keep you safer and riding longer.
Bicycle Safety Tips
- Convert to three-wheeler
- Better seating and upright seating
- Take more breaks during trips
- Ride during daytime hours
- Ride in clear weather conditions
- Ride more cautiously, slower