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Everyone is a Pedestrian

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there's one that all road users share—everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2013, totaling 4,735 deaths.

On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.” (Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, April 2014) – (PDF 1.20 MB)

Safety is the top priority of the Department of Transportation. In particular, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx declared pedestrian and bicyclist safety among his focuses and launched his U.S. DOT Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative.

U.S. DOT Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative - Under the Secretary's leadership and the Safer People, Safer Streets initiative, road safety assessments were conducted in every State, and more than 230 cities have joined the Mayors' Challenge to improve walking and biking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) continue to work to raise awareness about the dangers to pedestrians and bicyclists, and to provide leadership, expertise, and resources to communities across America to combat these crashes.

Please join us to reduce traffic safety risks to pedestrians and bicyclists, and to promote programs and countermeasures to save the lives of all road users on our Nation's roadways.

Visit NHTSA's and FHWA's pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

Watch For Pedestrians

Parents and Caregivers

As a parent or caregiver, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your children and older parents are safe every time they walk out the door. The resources below will help you and your loved ones do just that.

For Children

  • A Kid's Guide To Safe Walking (PDF 3 MB)
    This colorful pamphlet will help you teach young children safety tips for crossing
    the street and things to remember when walking.
  • Movie for Kids: Stop and Look With Willy Whistle
    Introduce your kids to Willy Whistle—a lively, animated character featured in this DVD designed to teach K-2 children pedestrian skills for crossing residential streets.

For Aging Adults

Visit NHTSA's and FHWA's pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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Pedestrian Safety Officials

If you're a State Highway Safety Office or State DOT official, or you work in engineering, law enforcement, or education, you've come to the right place. Our research and statistics will help you identify pedestrian safety problems and promote and select programs and countermeasures.

Visit NHTSA's and FHWA's pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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Pedestrian Safety Officials

If you're a State Highway Safety Office or State DOT official, or you work in engineering, law enforcement, or education, you've come to the right place. Our curriculum and resources will help you identify pedestrian safety problems and promote and select programs and countermeasures.

Pedestrian Safety Advocates

Maybe you're a consumer advocate of pedestrian safety, or perhaps you work on a State or local pedestrian program. In either case, our curriculum and resources will equip you with the tools and information you need to effectively promote pedestrian safety.

Visit NHTSA's and FHWA's pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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Pedestrian Safety Officials

If you're a State Highway Safety Office or State DOT official, or you work in engineering, law enforcement, or education, you've come to the right place. Our programs and activities will help you identify pedestrian safety problems and promote and select programs and countermeasures.

Pedestrian Safety Advocates

Maybe you're a consumer advocate of pedestrian safety, or perhaps you work on a State or local pedestrian program. In either case, you'll want to promote these popular pedestrian safety activities.

Visit NHTSA's and FHWA's pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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