Learning how to be a safe pedestrian is very simple! Here are a few, easy to remember safety tips that could save your life.
Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.
Before crossing, look left, right, then left again.
Use pedestrian pushbuttons.
Only cross the street on the "Walk" signal
Stay visible after dark and in bad weather.
Watch out for trucks and buses that are backing up or turning.
Stop for pedestrian at crosswalks.
Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
Look before opening your door.
Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.
Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists.
Fairfax County participates in the annual Street Smart Campaign, coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. This program is a public education, awareness, and behavioral change campaign for Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with the goal of improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
To learn more about this program, please visit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments program website.
Pedestrian Safety is a serious issue in Fairfax County. On average, 10-20 people are killed, and another 300 injured, every year within Fairfax County. A County-wide map(6MB pdf) of pedestrian crashes and fatalities and historical fatality comparison chart (50K pdf) are available for download.