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What are the Best Ways to Protect Pedestrian Safety?

Ensuring pedestrian safety is paramount in urban planning. Key strategies include well-designed crosswalks, ample lighting, and traffic calming measures. Education campaigns for both drivers and pedestrians significantly reduce accidents. Technological advancements, like pedestrian detection systems, also play a crucial role. How can your community implement these measures to safeguard those on foot? Join the conversation and share your thoughts below.
Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus

It's important for city planning initiatives to protect pedestrian safety as many cities experience hundreds or more pedestrians being hurt or killed each year by drivers. Urban planning directed at pedestrian safety seeks to prevent walkers and cyclists being struck by vehicles. Cities may establish pedestrian safety forums that involve transportation, policing and engineering strategies.

Having well-lit crosswalks marked with signs labeled "crosswalk" is one way to help protect pedestrian safety. Lowering speed limits and enforcing them is another way. Since driver distraction has been found to be a main cause of pedestrians being struck by cars, many people call for a ban of cell phone use while driving. In some areas, speaking on a cell phone or sending and receiving text messages while driving a vehicle is illegal.

Many cities experience hundreds or more pedestrians being hurt or killed each year by drivers.
Many cities experience hundreds or more pedestrians being hurt or killed each year by drivers.

One good way to help protect pedestrian safety is to have signs ahead of crosswalks that warn drivers to prepare to stop for pedestrians. Mandatory driver's education programs that instruct drivers to pay more attention to walkers and cyclists also help to create more awareness of pedestrian safety issues. Installing raised crosswalks near schools and parks is something many city planners have called for to protect young pedestrians.

City planners may draft plans for protecting pedestrian safety.
City planners may draft plans for protecting pedestrian safety.

In some cities, members of urban planning committees have walked around the city and taken public transportation to try and get a better understanding of improvements that can protect pedestrian safety. These experiences have, in some cases, led to restructured crosswalks near obstructed vehicle turning lanes and in areas where driver's blind spots could be an issue. Planners in favor of creating no car zones called pedestrian malls in a city's downtown core can get a clearer idea of where a mall should be located when observing traffic and transit patterns firsthand.

Expanding the existing roads in a city may help protect pedestrian safety.
Expanding the existing roads in a city may help protect pedestrian safety.

Blocks of a downtown area designated only for pedestrians is a worldwide method used to protect pedestrian safety; it also helps reduce carbon emissions. Pedestrian malls in countries such as Germany, China and Denmark have proven popular with tourists. They also allow people living in a city's downtown area more safety from vehicle traffic. A pedestrian mall with attractive planters of flowers and tree-lined walking areas also beautifies the downtown core for tourists and residents alike.

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    • Many cities experience hundreds or more pedestrians being hurt or killed each year by drivers.
      By: rachwal
      Many cities experience hundreds or more pedestrians being hurt or killed each year by drivers.
    • City planners may draft plans for protecting pedestrian safety.
      By: olly
      City planners may draft plans for protecting pedestrian safety.
    • Expanding the existing roads in a city may help protect pedestrian safety.
      By: kez53
      Expanding the existing roads in a city may help protect pedestrian safety.
    • Eating while driving may be considered an unsafe distraction.
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      Eating while driving may be considered an unsafe distraction.
    • Pedestrian safety can also be applied to cyclists to prevent bike riders from collisions with motor vehicles.
      By: Lsantilli
      Pedestrian safety can also be applied to cyclists to prevent bike riders from collisions with motor vehicles.