Road safety education is a topic of vital importance in our society, especially in the digital era.
With the presence of mobile devices, distractions while walking on the street are becoming increasingly common, which can put pedestrians and other road users’ safety at risk.
Respect traffic signals and traffic regulations
The first measure that every pedestrian should take to be safe is to respect traffic signals and traffic regulations. This means that when walking on the street, we must pay attention to traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs, no entry signs, among others.
In some places, traffic signals may vary depending on the time of day or traffic density. For example, in some urban areas, exclusive lanes for public transportation or bicycles may be established during rush hour. It is important for pedestrians to respect these signals and use the lanes designated for pedestrians.
Use pedestrian crossings or pedestrian overpasses to cross the street
Another measure that pedestrians should take to stay safe is to use pedestrian crossings or pedestrian overpasses to cross the street. This may seem obvious, but many people choose to cross the street anywhere without considering the risks involved.
Pedestrian crossings and pedestrian overpasses are designed so that pedestrians can cross the street safely. In these places, drivers are required to stop and let pedestrians crossing the street pass. It is important for pedestrians to use these crossings whenever possible and avoid crossing the street anywhere else.
Walk on the sidewalk against the flow of traffic
When walking on the street, it is important for pedestrians to walk on the sidewalk against the flow of traffic. This means that if we are walking on a street, we must walk on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the traffic going in the opposite direction.
The reason for this is that if we walk in the same direction as traffic, it is more difficult to see vehicles coming towards us, which increases the risk of accidents. By walking in the opposite direction of traffic, we have better visibility of approaching vehicles, which allows us to react more quickly if necessary.
Do not walk on the street or bike lane
Another important measure that pedestrians should take is not to walk on the street or bike lane. Bike lanes are designed for cyclists to circulate safely on the street, not for pedestrians to use as sidewalks.
Walking on the street or bike lane increases the risk of accidents, as drivers may not see us or expect pedestrians to be in those places. It is important to always use the sidewalk designated for pedestrians.