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Safe Walking Starts With You

Whether you walk your car, to a bus stop, to a bike, or all the way to campus, nearly everyone becomes a pedestrian throughout their day.  We can promote a safe and comfortable environment for walking on campus by keeping in mind these guidelines. 

Look up and stay alert

Keep your head up and be aware of vehicles in the area. Avoid texting while walking.  If you need to use your phone, step aside and resume walking only when you are able to keep your eyes up.

Walk on sidewalks

If a sidewalk is not available, walk facing traffic on the shoulder of the road to stay visible to oncoming vehicles. 

If a sidewalk is closed due to construction, look for the orange pedestrian detour signs for a safe route back to the sidewalk.

Cross at street corners, use crosswalks, and wait for the walk signal

If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of oncoming traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely. Continue watching for traffic as you cross.

Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re wearing headphones, keep the volume low

Staying alert can help prevent accidents. Pay attention to the traffic around you. If you’re wearing headphones, keep the volume low to ensure you can still hear noise from cars, e-bikes, skateboards or e-scooters. 

At UMD, you never have to walk alone:

Be visible. Wear something light or reflective after dark

Make yourself visible to drivers. If walking after dark, select bright colors or reflective clothing to ensure you can be seen.