Pedestrian Safety


Pedestrian Safety

Learning how to be a safe pedestrian is very simple! Here are a few, easy to remember safety tips that could save your life.

Pedestrians in a cross walk.Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.

Pedestrian looking before crossing.Before crossing, look left, right, then left again.

Pedestrian pushing a button at the crosswalk.Use pedestrian pushbuttons.

Walk signalOnly cross the street on the "Walk" signal

Pedestrian with bright clothing.Stay visible after dark and in bad weather.

Pedestrian watching for backing vehiclesWatch out for trucks and buses that are backing up or turning.

Driver Safety

Car stopping for pedestrian in crosswalk.Stop for pedestrian at crosswalks.

A speed limit sign.Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.

Car door opening in front of a bicyclist.Look before opening your door.

Driver passing a stopped car with pedestrian in the crosswalk.Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.

Car allowing a 3 foot buffer while passing a bicyclist.Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists.

Street Smart

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.

Safety Statistics

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.


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