Pedestrian SafetyRocky Mountain Hospital for Children at North Suburban Medical Center

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at The Medical Center of Aurora

A leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations are pedestrian injuries. Adults must model proper behaviors and be alert for traffic in addition to  teaching their children to be safe walkers. 

Safe Pedestrian Tips

Cross Safely.

  • Cross at corners, following traffic signals and using crosswalks.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross in front of their cars. Never assume that the driver can see you just because you can see the driver.
  • Always wait if you can't see clearly. Ensure no vehicles are coming and that they see you.
  • Look left, right and left again and back when crossing. Continue looking as you cross the street.
  • Walk-- don't run-- across the street.
  • Stay alert for traffic, not listening to music, talking or texting on the phone.
  • Keep alert for vehicles running a red light and always obey traffic signals.

Use Sidewalks and Paths.

  • If there are no sidewalks available, face traffic and walk as far to the left as possible.

Be an Alert Pedestrian.

  • Be alert for cars turning or backing up.
  • Hold your child's hand in parking lots. 
  • As a driver, check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or parking space.

Set Safety Rules for Your Children.

  • Model proper behavior.
  • Adult supervision is essential until you are sure your child has good traffic skills and judgment.
  • Do not allow children younger than 10 to cross streets alone.
  • Ask your child to walk on direct routes, crossing as few streets as possible.
  • Teach your child to never cross behind a school bus, but always cross 10 feet in front of it.
  • Teach your child to wait for adults on the same side of the street as a school bus loading/unloading zones.
  • Your child must know to never run into the street to get a ball, toy, pet or for any other reason.

Create an Environment Safe for Pedestrians

  • Create a place for your child to play that is away for cars-- such as backyards, parks and playgrounds.
  • Create distance between play areas and driveways/streets using fencing, etc.
  • Do not allow your child to play in and out of cars.

Be Safe, Be Seen

  • Wear light, bright clothing with retro-reflective markings, especially at dusk, dawn, or dark times.
  • Use a flashlight when walking at twilight or dark.