Everyone is a Pedestrian
Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign
CDOT implements public awareness campaigns in an effort to help keep pedestrians safe. In 2015, there were 1,330 pedestrian crashes, resulting in 59 pedestrian fatalities in Colorado, according to preliminary data.
In Colorado, most crashes involving pedestrians occur at non-intersections. So CDOT has introduced a public awareness campaign designed to educate both pedestrians and drivers on the importance of safety at crosswalks and intersections.
The campaign features Fred Estrian—the classic walk signal man brought to life to remind pedestrians of the importance of using crosswalks, and to remind drivers of the importance of always yielding to pedestrians. The campaign includes animated social media videos as well as Fred appearing in person at intersections throughout Denver, spreading his safety message.
Most of us cross streets every day. We are all pedestrians at one time or another, and we take for granted that we can cross without incident because most of the time we do. But sometimes we aren't so fortunate.
Nationally, each year about 5,000 pedestrians die and 70,000 are injured in traffic accidents. Young children and the elderly are more likely to be killed or injured in a pedestrian crash than any other group. While it's easy to blame drivers, they are not always responsible for these accidents. All too often, pedestrians are the cause of accidents.
These senseless tragedies don't have to happen. Review this advice for safe street crossing to avoid potential injuries—and even death.
Always follow these steps when crossing a street:
- Before crossing, stop at the curb, edge of the road or corner before proceeding.
- Look left-right-left and over your shoulder for turning vehicles. If it's clear, begin crossing.
- Continue to check for traffic while crossing.
Traffic Signal Messages & Meanings
At intersections with traffic lights and pedestrian signals, it's important to follow the signals carefully. Wait until you see the WALK signal and follow the rules for crossing.
A flashing DON’T WALK signal indicates you shouldn't start to cross the street. However, if you are in the middle of the street and the DON'T WALK signal starts flashing, continue walking. You have time to complete the crossing.
If you see a steady DON'T WALK signal, don't begin to cross the street! Wait for the next WALK signal. The WALK signal and the green traffic light indicate that it's your turn to cross the street, but they do not mean it is safe to cross. The WALK signal and the green light mean: Look,and then if it's safe, go.
Pavement Markings Are Your Road Map to Safely Crossing
While they won't protect pedestrians from oncoming traffic, crosswalks do serve to guide pedestrians across the street. Motorists are reminded to look for and to yield to pedestrians in the road when they see the bright, white lines of a crosswalk.