Things you can do to increase respect/safety:
- Exercise care when approaching intersections with driveways, streets, and paths.
- Communicate with others before entering or crossing an intersection. If you aren’t sure if you are seen, do not proceed until it is safe to do so.
- Pedestrians should never suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle.
- Yield the right of way to vehicles when crossing at unmarked crosswalks or in areas where no crosswalk is present.
- Making eye contact with other travelers as you interact is a simple way to communicate.
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks wherever possible and by a route at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route between curbs.
- Emphasize visibility. Lights and brightly colored, reflective clothing increase the likelihood that others are able to see you.
- Look out for cyclists and drivers and yield the right of way when appropriate. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way in every situation.
- Be aware of your surroundings and alert for potential danger. Eliminate distractions such as headphones and electronic devices.
- If traffic is backed up do not cross between vehicles. Vehicles in other lanes may not have a chance to see you.
- Use a sidewalk where provided and walk/run against traffic if you must use the roadway.
Information on Ames ordinances that apply to pedestrians can be found in the Ames Municipal Code