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How To Walk Safely


Updated August 28, 2012

Crosswalk Sign

Crosswalk Sign

Wendy Bumgardner © 2010
How to Walk Safely
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Wear brightly colored clothing in the day.
  2. Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight at night.
  3. Walk on path separated from traffic whenever possible.
  4. Walk on the side of the road opposing traffic when there is no separate sidewalk.
  5. At intersections, make sure drivers acknowledge you before entering the crosswalk.
  6. Walk with a friend or dog to reduce chance of robbery/attack.
  7. Carry identification and health information card.
  8. If you carry a personal defense weapon, take ongoing training and stay within the local laws.
  9. Watch for tripping hazards, traffic, suspicious persons.
  10. Don't wear headphones.
  11. Vary your route and time of day you walk.
  12. Note businesses, etc. along your path where you can seek assistance when needed in the future.
  13. Carry a cell phone.
  14. Give wide berth to dogs, on leash or off.


  1. If uncomfortable walking outdoors alone, find a walking group or club to walk with.
  2. Consider walking indoors at the mall, local track, or treadmilling at home or at the gym.

What You Need

  • reflective clothing
  • cell phone

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