Tips for Safe Walking

Safety Tips

  • Cross at the corner or at marked crosswalks
  • When crossing, always look both ways, even on a one-way street
  • At traffic signals, cross only when you have a “Walk” sign or symbol
  • A flashing “Don’t Walk” sign means don’t start—but if you’re already walking, proceed across carefully and swiftly
  • Watch for turning traffic
  • Be aware of motorists running red lights
  • Check for cyclists riding against traffic
  • Use pedestrian buttons where available
  • At night wear something reflective—remember that you are hard to see
  • Take note of when the sun is in drivers’ eyes, especially at sunrise and sunset, and proceed with extra caution
  • On Arlington's multi-use trails, walk to the right and don’t block or stop in the path

Also see tips for sharing Arlington's multi-use trails.

Be Good to Your Body

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after walking, to help prevent dehydration
  • Wear sunscreen and lip balm, SPF 15 or higher, with both UV-A and UV-B protection
  • If you invest in nothing else, do your feet a favor and purchase shoes that fit well and are made for walking—they don’t need to be expensive shoes, just ones that provide good support and feel comfortable
Did You Know?

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau

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