Pedestrian safety tips for Edmonds residents

Jun 13, 2017

In 2016, the city of Edmonds created a Pedestrian Safety Task Force after an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents over the last several years. The mission: to increase pedestrian safety throughout the city through an education program.

In order to improve those conditions, the task force has created a list of safety tip reminders for not only pedestrians, but also drivers.

• Be safe and be seen: Make yourself visible to drivers; wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials; carry a flashlight when walking at night; cross in a well-lighted area at night; and stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

• Be smart and alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors; always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic; don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle (if a driver is on a cellphone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely); and be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

• Be careful at crossings: Look before you step; cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible; obey traffic signals such as walk/don’t walk signs; look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you; and don't wear headphones or talk on a cellphone while crossing.

• Be alert: Watch for pedestrians at all times; scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians; before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing; do not use your cell phone while driving; look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing up; and for maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.

• Be responsible: Yield to pedestrians at crossings; yield to pedestrians in or waiting to cross at marked or unmarked crosswalks and yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.

• Be patient: Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers; never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians; obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at stop signs; use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you; and always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.

The group has recently made pedestrian safety presentations to local groups.

If you want the group to make a similar presentation in front of a group you are active in, contact  transportation engineer Bertrand Hauss at or 425-771-0220.


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