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Pedestrian Safety Tips

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Whether you choose to walk, bike or drive as your primary means of transportation, everyone is a pedestrian at some point. This is why, in the Town of Berthoud, pedestrian safety is a top priority.

As our community continues to grow, it’s important that we exercise extra caution to prevent accidents in areas of high pedestrian traffic, like downtown, school zones and parks.

Help us improve our town’s walkability by following these safety tips for accident prevention.

For walkers:

  • Whenever you have the option, use sidewalks. Where there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the side of the road as possible.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. If there is no crosswalk, wait for a gap in traffic large enough that you can easily make it across the street without needing to slow down traffic. Make sure you have visibility.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend looking at your phone—distracted pedestrians can cause an accident just as easily as distracted drivers.
  • Make sure wherever you’re walking you’re easily visible. Consider wearing reflective clothing or bringing a flashlight or headlamp when walking at night.
  • Begin teaching children safe walking rules as early as possible.

 For drivers:

  • Always slow down or stop at crosswalks and intersections when pedestrians are present, and never pass other vehicles stopped at a crosswalk—they may be blocking pedestrians from view.
  • Use extreme caution when backing up or driving in hard-to-see conditions.
  • Never text or look at your phone while driving, or drive under the influence of alcohol.
  • Minimize cell phone use. There’s no safe level of taking your eyes off the road.
  • Don’t exceed speed limits and keep your eyes open for pedestrians.