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Pedestrian Safety  Pedestrian Safety

Our usual challenges with hillside terrain  are worsened with rain, wind, and shorter days. Drivers may not notice you, especially in gloomy weather, so use extra caution when crossing roads – and only cross at crosswalks. Ice, leaves, and pine needles can make stairs slippery.  If that's not enough, construction materials or wind-blown debris may obstruct pathways. So please play it safe – we want you to get to where you're going.  Keep your eyes on the path, watch for obstacles, use handrails, and wear shoes with low heels and good-traction soles.

Safety Tips

  • Obey traffic signals
  • Walk predictably and defensively. Do not jaywalk! Always use crosswalks to
    cross a street
  • Looking at your cell phone while walking is unsafe
  • When walking at dusk or dawn, wear bright colored or reflective clothing.
  • Stay alert for motorists and bicyclists. Always make eye contact with the driver to be sure he or she sees you before crossing the road.
  • Use the handrail when going up and down the stairs


Most people are hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections.

70% of pedestrian fatalities occur at night.

In 2011, UC Police cited 5 drivers for not stopping at crosswalks in 2011.