Three Tips for Safe Walking on Town’s 110 Miles of Sidewalks

With last winter’s snow now a distant memory, Fairfielders are increasingly enjoying warm weather walks on town sidewalks and elsewhere. The Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee offers the following three guidelines to help ensure a safe and pleasant experience using the town’s 110 mile long network of sidewalks:

  1. Be aware. Cross with care. Before stepping out in front of a car make eye contact with the driver. Make sure they see you, plan on stopping, and have the time needed to safely stop. You may have the right-of-way, but not all drivers know the rules. Also, always be aware of other walkers, runners, and bikers sharing the road with you.
  2. Sidewalks are there for a reason. Always use sidewalks when they are available. If not, walk on the left side of the street, facing traffic.
  3. Don’t walk distracted. Chatting and texting on a cell phone or drowning out your environment with an iPod can be as dangerous as doing those things while driving. You are less likely to recognize traffic danger, tripping hazards, or passing runners, bikers, and walkers.

For more information on the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian committee and its work promoting safe walking and cycling, visit http://www.fairfieldct.org/bikeped or send an email to bikewalkrun.fairfield.ct@gmail.com.

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