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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Be alert. Listening to music on headphones or looking down at cell phones or other technology is a distraction. Keep your head up.
- Usethesidewalk,ifpossible.Ifasidewalkisn’tavailable,walkfacingoncomingtraffic and stay as far away from the lane as possible.
- 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:
- 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.
- Document everything.Take pictures, record any injuries and keep a file of ongoing issues that may arise.
- Contact residence life or counseling services if you need to talk to someone.