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Review pedestrian safety tips

Whether you’re running late on your way to class or a meeting, or just taking a casual stroll around the quad, pedestrian pathways and sidewalks allow students, faculty and staff to move about all corners of the Case Western Reserve University campus. But as a pedestrian, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

The Division of Public Safety encourages members of the campus community to keep the following pedestrian safety tips in mind:

  1. Always look left and right and left again before crossing a street. Focus on your surroundings, and if you see a car coming toward you, make direct eye contact if possible.
  2. Cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.If none are available, be extremely cautious before crossing—drivers may not be familiar with the flow of traffic.
  3. Be alert. Listening to music on headphones or looking down at cell phones or other technology is a distraction. Keep your head up.
  4. Usethesidewalk,ifpossible.Ifasidewalkisn’tavailable,walkfacingoncomingtraffic and stay as far away from the lane as possible.
  5. At night, wear reflective clothing and, if possible, stay near well-lit areas to make sure you stay visible.

In the event you are in a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident:

  1. Do not leave the scene. Immediately call the CWRU Department of Public Safety at 216.368.3333. Even if it’s a minor incident, it’s especially important to contact the proper authorities.
  2. Document everything.Take pictures, record any injuries and keep a file of ongoing issues that may arise.
  3. Contact residence life or counseling services if you need to talk to someone. 

Learn more about safety on campus.