Heads Up! Pedestrian Safety Week

Heads Up! Pedestrian Safety Week

When: September 10 - 14, 2018
Where: Downtown Rochester
Cost: Open to the Public

Pedestrians and motorists are equally responsible for pedestrian safety. The goal of Heads Up! Pedestrian Safety Week is to increase safety for pedestrians in Downtown Rochester by providing information and increasing knowledge about current traffic safety laws.

Schedule of Events (All events below are FREE and open to the public):

Monday, 9/10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in Peace Plaza:
Press Conference with partners announcing Heads Up Pedestrian Safety Week. Refreshments provided by Café Steam.

Tuesday, 9/11: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 417:
People Friendly Driver presentation by Olmsted County Public Health. The People Friendly Driver program aims to educate all motorists on safe driving behaviors around people who are walking or biking.

Wednesday, 9/12, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Rochester Public Library, Auditorium:
People Friendly Driver presentation by Olmsted County Public Health. The People Friendly Driver program aims to educate all motorists on safe driving behaviors around people who are walking or biking.

Friday, 9/14, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM:
Starting outside Mayo Civic Center, the Downtown Rochester, Minnesota will host a crosswalk march and celebration. The march will continue down the sidewalk along 2nd Street and head to Peace Plaza (obeying crosswalk signals). Once we reach Peace Plaza the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) will host a community picnic. We will have blankets and Adirondack chairs for people to relax in the grassy area of the Peace Plaza.


Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Motorists

Pedestrians

Look Before You Cross
Make eye contact with drivers and ensure they see you and will stop.
Clearly show your intention to cross the road.
Look left for turning vehicles.
Look across ALL lanes for moving vehicles before crossing.
Make Yourself Visible
Stand clear of vehicles, landscaping, parked vehicles, or other obstructions before crossing.
Cross only at a designated crosswalk; do not jaywalk.
Wear a reflector.
Mount a safety flag on a wheelchair, motorized cart, or stroller
Avoid Distractions and Dangerous Behaviors
Remove headphones and stay off cell phones when crossing the street.
Don't soley rely on traffic signals; look for vehicles before crossing.
Cross only at intersections; do not jaywalk.

Motorists

Stop for Pedestrians
Stop for pedestrians at every intersection, even those without stop lights and crosswalks.
Before making a turn, look for pedestrians within your path.
Leave ample room between you and a pedestrian when coming to a stop.
Watch for Pedestrians
Scan the road and intersections for pedestrians ahead.
Look carefully behind you when backing up, especially for small children.
Watch for people in wheelchairs and motorized carts, who may be below eye level.
Avoid Distracted and Aggressive Driving
Put away cell phones, food, and make-up.
Stop for pedestrians, even if they are in the wrong or jaywalking.
Never pass or drive around a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.

(Safety Tips Courtesy of: Minnesota Department of Transportation).


Heads Up! Pedestrian Safety Week Presented By:

Thank you to Our Media Partner:

Address

311 Broadway Ave South, Suite A2
Rochester, MN 55904

Phone

507.216.9882

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