Exactly! It's almost rush hour and it's going to especially be challenging for pedestrians. Snow piles can make navigating streets and intersections dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers. Many pedestrians may be difficult to see and crosswalks challenging to navigate. Drivers should take extra care when turning corners with snow piles that may limit visibility.
Be especially careful around bus stops and transit centers where there is increased pedestrian traffic.
Post blizzard conditions can mean increased risk for pedestrians. Hats, hoods, earmuffs and scarves can interfere with the ability to see and hear traffic. Make sure your peripheral vision is clear and pay attention and don't be distracted by cell phones.
Pedestrians should wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see you, especially in times of poor visibility, and use reflective clothing or stickers for maximum visibility.
While many sidewalks are still not cleared, we remind all pedestrians to do their best to stay off plowed roadways.
If you must walk in the street, walk against the flow of traffic and as close to the curb as you can. Before you step off the curb, make sure oncoming cars and trucks have come to a complete stop. Due to poor road conditions, motorists may have difficulty stopping at traffic signals or slowing down for pedestrians who have the right of way.
Always be on the lookout for vehicles that may have lost traction and are slipping toward you. Be aware that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or traffic signals. Streets and parking lots may be temporarily blocked for snow removal operations. Drivers and pedestrians need to yield to snow removal equipment and staying off your phone and focused on the roads could just save your life.
We made it this far --- let's all work together and make sure everyone gets where they are going safely!