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Pedestrian Safety
Millions of Americans walk -- to school, to work, to the store or just around the block for exercise. Unfortunately, pedestrians are the most vulnerable to injury and death of all road users; they are basically unprotected if struck by an automobile.

Pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 - 14. Motor vehicle crashes account for approximately 80 percent of all childhood pedestrian deaths. Between 2010 and 2014, Charlotte averaged 329 pedestrian crashes per year, with 65 of the crashes during that time period resulting in a pedestrian's death. 

CDOT is committed to providing a safe, accessible environment for pedestrians. The installation and maintenance of sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals, truncated domes and pedestrian warning signs all help pedestrians to move safely around the city. However, the safety of pedestrians is dependent on the behavior of both motorists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross at crosswalks and with signals whenever possible. Also, motorists are urged to be mindful of pedestrians and to yield to pedestrians where mandated by state lawLeaving CDOT website..
Pedestrians using crosswalk in Uptown Charlotte.

Safety Tips for W​alking…

  • Cross at crosswalks and intersections with traffic signals. They are the safest places to cross streets.
  • If there is no crosswalk or signal, remember to look both ways (left-right-left) before crossing the street. Try to cross near streetlights or other light sources so approaching motorists can see you. Always look in the direction of the approaching vehicles for the lane you are crossing. 
  • Don't assume drivers are going to stop for you. Always look out for turning drivers and make eye contact with any stopped or approaching motorists to make sure they see you before you start to cross the street.​
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there isn't a sidewalk, walk on the road shoulder facing oncoming traffic.
  • Distracted walking is also a problem. If you're texting while crossing the street, you aren't watching what's happening around you.
  • Do everything you can to be as visible as possible. Wear reflective or bright colored clothing at night.​

Pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable users of our roadways. All of us, no matter how we choose to travel, share in a responsibility to keep pedestrians, cyclists and motorists safe.​​