We have all heard of vehicle and driver safety, and the importance of remembering safety rules in our day-to-day job duties. But what about pedestrian safety?
With such a dense campus of more than 45,000 students and over 32,000 faculty and full-time staff employees, the safety of pedestrians traveling throughout campus streets and surrounding communities is extremely important. We are all pedestrians at some point in our day, whether it is walking in and around our work environment, on a lunch break, walking to our cars in parking structures or running to catch a campus shuttle.
- Walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible.
- Look left, then right, then left again, before you step into the street.
- Be careful of blind spots, or "No-Zones," around cars, trucks and buses when walking near or around them. Always assume the driver does not know you are there.
- Use caution when crossing intersections and streets. You may think vehicles will stop for you, but they may not see you and may not be able to stop in time.
- Before entering the street, make eye contact with any drivers stopped at the corner.
- Make yourself visible.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking at night. Dressing to be seen will make it safer for you and other drivers.