Saturday, June 15, 2019

How Do I Stay Safe As A Pedestrian?

How Do I Stay Safe As A Pedestrian?


A lot of times as a pedestrian you assume that your safety is guaranteed, however this isn’t always the case, especially if you end up walking recklessly. Your safety as a pedestrian is just as much of your responsibility as it is others drivers and bikers.

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In this article we’re going to cover the top ways you can stay safe as a pedestrian, as well as a few initiatives that are underway that are seeking to improve pedestrian safety. Since pedestrian accidents have increased in recent years it’s important to do what we can to reduce this number.

How can I ensure my safety as a pedestrian?

A big reason most pedestrians are injured when they’re walking is because they’re distracted from what’s taking place around them. If you’re unaware of the car that’s speeding by there’s a higher chance of you getting injured, compared to a person who is completely aware of their surroundings. Although, it’s impossible to be aware all the time, there’s a few things you can do to improve your chances of not being distracted.

First, is not texting while you’re walking. Over a third of all walkers report to being distracted when they’re walking. The biggest distraction is from sending or receiving text messages. In fact, people who were responding to a text message while they were walking were four times more likely to walk out into the street without looking. Texting and doing other things on a cell phone also made people more likely to walk out into the street where there wasn’t an intersection.

As a pedestrian you can also increase your chances of staying safe by avoiding intersections that are too crowded, only crossing in crosswalks, and wearing brighter clothing if you’re planning on walking at night or in low light conditions.

Aside from pedestrians alone, drivers can do their part to be more aware of the pedestrians. If you’re driving always increase your awareness when you’re entering an intersection, and slow down if you have to.

What initiatives are currently underway that are improving pedestrian safety standards?

Currently, in the LA area more sidewalks are being installed to help pedestrians know where to walk. By having more crosswalks drivers are also more cautious, thus resulting in less injuries all around.

Other states and counties are continuing to add to their pedestrian safety measures. As accidents went down across the board, they actually increased in relation to pedestrians. This could simply be because more people are opting to walk to work than ever before. Whatever the case it’s important for cities to increase their safety measures, while drivers and pedestrians alike minimize their distractions whenever possible.

I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better understanding at how you can maintain your safety while walking on the sidewalks. Remember, your safety is your responsibility. A big piece of staying safe is to have the awareness of where other cars and bicycles are on the road.

It will take a cohesive effort between walkers, drivers and more regulations and sidewalks to help reduce pedestrian accidents across the board.


Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at The McMinn Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in Austin, Texas. Zane is glad he’s never been hit while walking.

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Moving To Bear Country? – How To Stay Safe

Moving To Bear Country? – How To Stay Safe


Are you moving to bear country? Are you worried about bear encounters? Do you want to know how to stay safe while in bear country?

In the United States, brown bears are usually found in parts of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Although these species are said to be found in California, they are no longer in that state. In fact, they are also considered as a threatened species in South of Canada. If you are moving to any of the regions where brown bears or grizzly bears are said to be found, it is best to practice safety precautions to avoid possible fatal encounters. Bears are magnificent, amazing animals; however, they can also be dangerous especially if they feel threatened. Listed below are a few pointers for staying safe in bear country.

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Know Your Bear

Bears are curious and intelligent animals. They also try to avoid humans; however, it is still important to respect and learn proper behavior to avoid possible encounters. Here are a few basic pieces of information about the most common types of bears you will see in bear country.

Grizzly Bears: These creatures range in color from black to light blonde, but most of them have a medium to dark brown coloring. Their average size is around 350-500 lb and they stand around 3.3 ft to 6.5 ft. at shoulder. If you see this type of bear, you will notice a distinct shoulder hump.

Black Bear: This type of bear also ranges in color from black to light blonde despite the name “black bear”. If you see this type of bear, you will notice a lighter patch on their chest. Their average size is around 110 to 300 lbs and they stand at 2.3 to 3 ft at shoulder. They are much smaller than grizzly bears. They also don’t have a hump on their shoulder.

Roadside Bear Viewing Safety Tips

  • Yellowstone Bear World suggests keeping all your windows and doors locked when viewing bears from the roadside. Keep in mind that bears can and will climb through open windows, especially if you have food in the car.
  • If you are driving through traffic, keep your eyes on the road and don’t stop to avoid possible road accidents.
  • Don’t stop in the middle of the road if you see a bear. In addition, do not stop close to a hill or curve.
  • If you spot a bear, always stay in your car. You should also remain a good distance from the bear.
  • If the bear ignores you, you can take pictures and then move on.
  • Never feed a bear
  • If the bear starts to approach your car, leave immediately. This bear may have been fed by other people in the past and could be dangerous.

What To Do If You Encounter A Bear While Walking or Hiking?

Stay alert. You should always be on the lookout for bears or watch out for signs of their presence. Look for tracks, scats, tree scratches, claw prints, or fresh diggings. Make sure that you give these creatures plenty of room.

Choose a safe route. You should choose routes with excellent visibility. This is especially important when hiking through unfamiliar terrain.

Travel in groups. Although this isn’t practical, you need to understand that the larger the group, the lower the risk of bear attacks. Staying in a group will intimidate bears. This magnificent creature is more likely to approach one or two people instead of a larger group.

Stay away from bears.┬áIf you sight a bear a few feet away from your location, do not come any closer. Don’t approach this creature just to get a closer look or to get a better photo. Instead, you can use binoculars to look at them up close.

The author, Kris Lim, is an advocate for wildlife preservation. In this article, she lists a few bear safety tips for those who are moving to or are staying in bear country.

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