Share the Road Tips

Here are a few tips to help you share the road with drivers, cyclists, and fellow pedestrians:

Be seen:
  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a light and cross in well-lit areas at night.
  • Stand clear of obstacles such as bushes and parked cars before crossing so that motorists can see you.
Walk on the sidewalk:
  • When no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic.
Stay right:
  • On multi-use paths, walk to the right to allow people who are moving faster to pass.
Cross Cautiously:
  • Look before crossing: look left, right, and left again before crossing the street- even if you have the right-of-way.
  • Cross at a marked crosswalk or intersection whenever possible.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t just assume that they’ll stop for you. Be especially aware of drivers on cell phones and turning drivers.
  • Be careful crossing multi-lane roads. If a driver in the right lane stops for you and you begin to cross the street, you may be blocked from the view of another driver passing on the left.
For state laws concerning pedestrians and more walking tips, check out the links below:

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TN Pedestrian Laws
GA Pedestrian Laws

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