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As a pedestrian it is important to walk/run safely and follow applicable laws. Each time you venture out you have the opportunity to influence opinions about pedestrians in a positive or negative way. Try focusing on behaviors that build respect and safer interaction with other modes of transportation. Consider what those around you might be expecting and try to be predictable as you travel.

 

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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 

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