Road User Safety

three people on walking path, including a child, man in a wheelchair and woman, holding hands

Remember to slow down while driving. Lower travel speeds allow you more time to react and come to a stop when you have a limited sight distance. Remember to pack a flashlight when walking at night (use the one on your phone if you forget) and add reflective gear to your coat, shoes and bag so that you can always be seen. 

Review and share this Parking Lot Safety poster with data and tips for people walking and driving. In Vermont, crashes in parking lots account for almost one in five of all pedestrian-involved crashes. Keep this in mind when you are driving and when you are walking. 

Visit Watch For Me VT to find resources for promoting safety in your community. 

Use the WalkSmart program to teach children about safely travelling in their communties. Find more information on active transportation through your local Safe Routes to School and Way to Go! to School programs. Review this Back to School Safety Checklist with your family—even if you don’t have school-aged children there is helpful information for people who drive. Remember to slow down and share the road.

 

Background Information

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury in Vermont and are preventable. People walking, biking and rolling are more vulnerable to injuries on the road.

Active transportation, such as walking and biking, and public transportation can improve health through increased physical activity levels and reduced environmental impacts. Communities designed for the safety of vulnerable road users, especially people walking, biking, and using public transport, will be safer for all users.

Data

The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) released fatality data for 2018. Pedestrian and bicycle fatal crashes are up, while other roadway deaths are down. 

Vermont Public Crash Data Query Tool

Vermont Data Briefs 

Vermont BRFSS Data Briefs

Vermont adults who do not feel safe while walking are less likely to meet physical activity guidelines
  • Physical Activity: "People who consider their own community unsafe for walking are less likely to do enough physical activity than those who consider their community safe for walking (47% vs. 60%)." (2011 data)
Community Safety Advocate Resources

Who Can Help?

*Remember to contact your local police department first in an emergency*

 

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit 

A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking

Neighborhood Wayfinding Assessment

Safe Kids Worldwide Take Action Toolkit: How to Fix an Unsafe School Zone

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Traffic Operations FAQ (includes questions like 'How do I get a crosswalk?' and 'How are speed limits set?')