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Pedestrian Safety

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.
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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. These incidents can be avoided! The Charlotte Department of Transportation is working hard to providing a safe, accessible environment for all pedestrians. Here are some things you can do to help:

Pedestrians using crosswalk in Uptown Charlotte.

When you're driving…

  • Always watch for pedestrians. Understand that pedestrians don't always cross at traffic signals, so be on the lookout for pedestrians anywhere and everywhere.
  • Obey the speed limit. Speeding risks your life and others. It reduces the time you have to react to pedestrians, bicycles, and other vehicles.
  • Don't have your head buried in your cell phone while you're driving. You simply can't drive safely and text at the same time. Distracted driving is an epidemic. Driver inattention or distracted driving was a contributing factor in over 22% of crashes in Charlotte last year. That's roughly the same as alcohol, drug use, aggressive driving, running stop lights, and speeding combined. No text, tweet or call is worth someone's life.


More Information:
Sidewalk Safety Features
Crosswalk Safety Features
School Zone Safety
Traffic Calming
Walk Safe, Stay Alert
Drive Safe, Not Distracted
Pedestrian Safety Brochure
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Runner Safety Tips
Consejos de Sequridad para Los Peatones

When you're walking…

  • Cross at crosswalks and traffic signals. That's the safest place for you to cross. If you must cross elsewhere, check both ends of the street for traffic and cross the road at a right angle.
  • Look both ways before crossing any street. Always look left, then right, then left again to make sure it's clear.
  • Don't assume drivers are going to stop for you. Always look out for turning drivers and make eye contact with drivers if you can. Make sure that 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 someone while you're crossing the street, you can't see what's happening around you.
  • Do everything you can to see and be seen. Wear bright colors at night.​