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. Since 2007, Charlotte has averaged 315 collisions annually involving pedestrians and motor vehicles, with an average of 12 crashes per year resulting in a pedestrian's death.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation 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 law