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Pedestrian Safety

A livable community is one that provides safe and convenient transportation choices to all citizens, whether it’s by walking, bicycling, transit, or driving.  Pedestrian safety improvements depend on an integrated approach.  In 1997 Clayton started its first streetscape improvement project.  Today Clayton continues this tradition with the adoption of an all-encompassing policy that our streets should work for everyone, of all ages and abilities, regardless of how they travel.  This simple idea is commonly referred to as “Complete Streets”.  This philosophy breaks down the traditional separation of ”roadways,” ”transit,” and ”biking/walking,” and instead focuses on the desired outcome of a transportation system that supports safe use of the roadway for everyone, by whatever means they are traveling.


While the city continues to improve its transportation system there are opportunities for Drivers, Pedestrians and Cyclist to help improve everyone’s safety when it comes to using Clayton's roadways.

Drivers
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections- it's the law.
  • Don't block crosswalks when stopping at intersections.
  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Take extra care around schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods.
  • Always look out for pedestrians, especially before turning at a green light.
  • Obey speed limits, signs, signals and markings--and never run red lights.
  • Be careful when passing stopped vehicles. They might be stopping for pedestrians.
  • Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists.
  • Share the road. It's your responsibility to look out for others.

Pedestrians

  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections whenever possible.
  • Stop and look every time before crossing streets, even when you have the right-of-way.
  • Before crossing, look left, right, then left again, and over your shoulder for turning vehicles.
  • Begin crossing the street on "Walk" signals-never on a solid or flashing "Don't Walk."
  • Use pedestrian push buttons to activate/extend the walk signal.
  • Use sidewalks. If none, walk facing traffic so you see vehicles, and drivers see you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers so they see you. Never assume they do.
  • Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with reflectors or retro reflective clothing.
Cyclists

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet. It can save your life.
  • As a vehicle, you have the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist. Obey all traffic signals, signs and lane markings.
  • Ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic-never against it.
  • Pass slower moving or stopped vehicles on the left.
  • Ride predictably and defensively. Use hand signals before turning.
  • Stay visible, and use lights, reflectors and retro-reflective clothing when riding at night.
  • Make eye contact with motorists and pedestrians before crossing paths with them.
  • Always yield to pedestrians, even when turning.