At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. While pedestrian fatalities remain high, there was a 1.7% decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2017, totaling 5,977 deaths. NHTSA raises awareness of the dangers to pedestrians by providing safety tips, educational material and other resources. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking, and learn how you can help us prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths.
Everyone Is a Pedestrian
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time or another everyone is a pedestrian. Fortunately, there was a 1.7% decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2017, totaling 5,977 deaths.
If you're an advocate of pedestrian safety, or perhaps you work on a State or local pedestrian program, our curriculum and resources will equip you with the tools and information you need to effectively promote pedestrian safety.
- Accessible Pathways & Livable Communities Pocket Guide
Pocket guide containing pathway accessibility and livability concepts for communities to consider (from Easter Seals).
- Checklist for Assessing the Accessibility of Transportation and Mobility
Introduction and instructions on using a checklist to assess the accessibility of a transit route, including the path of travel (from Easter Seals).
- Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum
Lesson plans, assessment guides, and student response forms to teach and encourage pedestrian safety to children in kindergarten through 5th grade.
- ESL Teacher's Guide and Student Workbook: Walk and Bike Safely
ESL guide and workbook to teach and encourage pedestrian and bike safety to adult immigrant students who are beginning English language learners.
- Neighborhood Wayfinding Assessment Pocket Guide
Guide and checklist to help you find your way in your community (from Easter Seals).
- Pedestrian Safer Journey – Skills for Safe Walking for Ages 5 to 18
Interactive training package for children in elementary through high school to develop skills for safe walking.
- Pedestrian Safety Workshop: A Focus on Older Adults (PDF, 3.54 MB) and Instructor Guide (PDF, 3.54 MB)
Presentation and guide for teaching older adults what they can do to increase their safety as pedestrians during this three-hour workshop.
- Tips for Preteens & Teens: Prevent Pedestrian Crashes (PDF, 3.30 MB)
Walking around traffic requires the same critical thinking skills as riding your bike and driving a car. Apply the same walking skills you learned as a kid: stop, look left-right-left for traffic and be safe, be seen. Use these skills when you walk, and encourage others to do the same.
- Traffic Safety Facts – Children (PDF, 803.25 KB)
Of the 5,987 pedestrian traffic fatalities, 245 (4%) were children in 2016.
- Traffic Safety Facts – Pedestrians (PDF, 573.55 KB)
5,987 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2016, a 9% increase from the number reported in 2015.
- Walkability Checklist – English (PDF, 237.66 KB) | Spanish (PDF, 879.65 KB) | Asian Languages
Criteria to help you decide whether a neighborhood is a friendly place to walk.
Visit FHWA's pedestrian web pages for additional information.
NHTSA is dedicated to promoting safe behaviors on our nation’s roads
In 2017, there were 5,977 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, down from 6,080 the year before. NHTSA’s pedestrian safety programs focus on the behaviors of pedestrians and motorists to reduce injuries and fatalities on our nation’s roadways.
NHTSA demonstrates its dedication to promoting safe pedestrian and motorist behavior through our educational material, leadership and expertise to communities across America. We also conduct public awareness campaigns, such as Everyone is a Pedestrian, raising awareness of the dangers to pedestrians.
Please join us in reducing traffic safety risks to pedestrians and promoting programs and countermeasures to save the lives of all road users on our Nation's roadways.
Pedestrian Safety Officials
- Focused Approach to Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
NHTSA supports FHWA's Focused Approach to Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety. The approach looks at cities and States with large numbers of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. NHTSA has worked with designated focus cities and States to implement enforcement and educational strategies that complement infrastructure applications to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.
- How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PDF 5.14 MB)
Guide for developing and implementing a pedestrian safety action plan tailored to the problems and needs of State and local agencies.
- Pedestrian Safety Program Management Course
This two-day course provides a comprehensive approach to managing pedestrian safety programs.
- Pedestrian Safety Program Technical Assessment
Find out how your State highway safety or emergency medical services program can benefit from NHTSA's technical assessment.
- Pedestrian Safety Training for Law Enforcement
Order this CD-ROM to receive computer-based training in pedestrian safety, followed by a certificate of completion.
An expert tool to help diagnose and address pedestrian safety problems.
- Proven Safety Countermeasures
Proven pedestrian safety countermeasures: median refuges, road diets, and hawk hybrid signals.