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Sep 27

September is Pedestrian Safety Month

Posted on September 27, 2021 at 12:29 pm by Lisa Atwood

September is Pedestrian Safety Month! As students are back to school on campus, more people are walking in Menlo Park’s streets and it is important for everyone to keep the road safe for all. Please review these safety tips:


  • Make yourself visible: wear bright colored clothes and carry a flashlight if you are walking at night.
  • Make eye contact with drivers: do not assume the driver can see you.
  • Stay off your phones.
  • Look before you step – cross streets at marked crosswalks/intersections, obey traffic signals and watch for turning vehicles.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street


  • Slow Down in streets with lots of pedestrians (near school zones, downtown): Slowing down by just 5 or 10 mph makes a big safety difference. 
  • Obey school zone speeds and do not forget to drive cautiously around school buses. 
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at any crosswalk or intersection, so yield and be prepared to stop.
  • Avoid distractions, stay off your phones! 
  • Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.

Other ways to celebrate Pedestrian Safety Month