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Are you as careful as you should be when you cross the street? (Ed Yourdon / Flickr)
At what time of day should you pay extra attention to your surroundings?
Morning rush hour
Afternoon rush hour
It's true-- when the sun goes down, things get a lot more dangerous. There's less visibility. So take off those sunglasses-- because at night, they're dangerous and lame.
In NYC pedestrians have the right of way any time they cross the street at a crosswalk. True or false?
False. Pedestrians have the right of way only when they cross the street at a crosswalk AND have a walk signal, and at a Stop sign.
You don’t have the right of way when you cross mid-block, so it’s really important to stop and check that the street is clear. Drivers might not expect people crossing mid-block and might not be able to stop in time.
There are 3 ways to cross the street: Number 1: At a light. Number 2: At a stop sign. And Number 3:
As fast as you can
Mid-block, looking that it’s clear
It's an open secret that sometimes it's safer to cross mid-block than at the corner. Just stop at parked cars and watch for a clear crossing.
Of all NYC kids hit by cars, which age group is injured most?
3 to 6 year olds
7 to 10 year olds
11 to 14 year olds
Kids 11 to 14 make up more than 50% of all student injuries, grades K – 8. Wait! That’s you! But now you’re in the know. So you’ll be safe and make sure others know how to be smart, be safe.
The largest number of kids is injured by drivers while...
Crossing in the middle of the block.
Crossing at the crosswalk when they have the walk signal.
Crossing at a stop sign.
Kids your age are most often hit in the crosswalk by turning vehicles when they have the walk signal.
Maybe if they crossed like this…
The 'Do Not Walk' signal is flashing red. It's legal for you to be in the crosswalk. Should you?
Maybe it's better to wait for the next 'Walk' signal. What if you drop something, like your phone or MetroCard, and need time to pick it up? Better to wait for the next 'Walk' signal.
Crossing mid-block can be safe if:
you wave your arms as cars approach before crossing;
you blow a whistle forcefully before crossing;
you stop at the cars, look both ways, and scan as you cross.
And don't scan with your mobile on a skateboard!
Where are walkers most likely to get hurt?
Wide city streets and intersections.
Wherever drivers are distracted.
Wherever buses and trucks are.
All of the above.
You're not alone!
Like swimming in sharks with frickin' laser beams, baby. Be aware!
A turning truck or bus can surprise pedestrians because:
their horns are loud;
they cause pollution;
their rear wheels can cross the curb.
The back wheels don’t follow the same path as the front wheels. If you are waiting in the street for the walk signal, a turning truck or bus could run your toes over. ...or worse!