Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Be Street Wise – Drive Safe. Walk Safe. Bike Safe.


On average, 100 pedestrians are killed each year in Maryland and most incidents are preventable. Even one lives lost is too many. To keep all roadway users safe especially vulnerable pedestrians, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and the Be Street Wise safety campaign offers the following tips:


Tips for Pedestrians


  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Press the pedestrian signal button and wait for the walk signal.
  • Always stop at the curb and look left, right and left before crossing a street.
  • Watch for cars turning in or leaving driveways.
  • Wear light or bright colored clothing, especially if out walking after dusk.
  • Pay attention and take off headphones while walking – no texting or playing games.
  • Walk, don't run across the street.

Tips for Drivers


  • Stay alert; park the phone.
  • Stop for pedestrians—Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections.
  • Follow all traffic signals; use caution when turning at intersections.
  • Stop at stop signs and for school buses.
  • Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly looking for pedestrians behind your vehicle.
  • Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists.
  • Show courtesy to other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Don't drive aggressively.

As each new school year begins, MDOT SHA, Maryland counties, and our partners urge everyone to review the rules of the road to Be Street Wise, particularly school children. With approximately 880,000 students enrolled in Maryland elementary, middle and high schools, partners are working together to help protect the State’s youngest morning and afternoon commuters as more pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles and school buses take to area roadways.

Be Street Wise Walk Safe Bike Safe Drive Safe

If current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted for the 2020/2021 school year, MDOT SHA will visit elementary schools throughout Maryland. No matter if a student walks to school, catches the bus or is dropped off, there is a safety lesson for everyone. In previous years we’ve partnered with the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Redskins and Chick-fil-A to promote safe walking behaviors that can be shared with the whole family.

Pedestrian safety takes collaboration between motorists, pedestrians and government agencies in which everyone does their part. View recent MDOT SHA Pedestrian Safety Enhancements.

Pedestrian Safety