When you’re walking, be a PAL and follow these tips:
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.
- Before crossing, look left, right, then left again.
- Stand on the sidewalk when waiting to cross the street.
- Watch for turning vehicles.
- Use pedestrian push buttons when available.
- Begin crossing the street on “WALK.” Do not begin to walk after the upraised hand signal appears. Many Arlington intersections also have countdown traffic signals that show how much time you have left to cross.
- When crossing at an unsignalized intersection, make your intentions clear to drivers through eye contact or hand signals showing that you plan to cross. Make sure drivers in all lanes can see you before starting to cross.
- When sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic.
- Cross behind the bus in a crosswalk when possible. Watch out for trucks and buses backing out of parking spaces and driveways.
- Remember that bike riding is allowed on the sidewalks in Arlington. Although cyclists must yield to pedestrians, try to make room for them to get by. Often there is room for all if everyone acts with consideration.
- Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with lights, light-colored clothing and reflective gear.