Pedestrian Safety Tips


Here are some general safety tips that can help keep pedestrians safe on, or near Oakland streets.

  • Be predictable; follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don't be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible; this is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • Look for cars in all directions - including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well lighted area where you have the best view of traffic; wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you; make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times; wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and judgement too.