Walking as a form of transportation can have beneficial consequences for communities. Less driving helps relieve congestion and well-designed landscape and residential density will improve air quality more than will additional roadways. Regulatory and design strategies, including traffic-calming measures, sidewalks, bike paths, underpasses or tunnels help make communities safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Tips to Be Safe!
- Crosswalks are the safest place to cross streets. If there is no marked crosswalk, cross at the corner.
- Never step off a curb suddenly. Although pedestrians have the right of way, yield to traffic closest to you and start crossing only when it is safe.
- Cross directly from curb to curb, taking the shortest route possible. Be predictable when walking across streets.
- Obey pedestrian traffic signals.
- Wait to cross the street until the "walk" symbol appears. As long as you enter the crosswalk with the "walk" signal, you may take as long as necessary to finish crossing. Traffic must continue to yield to you.
- Watch for turning traffic when crossing at any intersection.
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb. Thank them for yielding to you with a friendly wave.
- Motorcycles and bicycles must yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians should be aware of bicycles and motorcycles, just as they are of cars.
- Most vehicle/ pedestrian accidents happen at night. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing when walking at night and carry a flashlight.
Report Needed Sidewalk Repairs
As part of its on-going maintenance program, the City replaces damaged sidewalks, curb and gutter and miscellaneous concrete items. You can help by reporting damaged concrete on City property and rights-of-way -- contact us.
After you report the damaged concrete, City staff will use the Concrete Rating Manual to evaluate the severity level of the damage and prioritize the repair.
As part of the Transportation System Management Program, the City continues to construct ADA accessible curb ramps throughout Longmont. Contact us to request the replacement of a standard curb with an ADA accessible curb ramp.