Pedestrian Safety: Do’s and Don’ts

To ensure that your child remains safe when outdoors, read and follow these simple Pedestrian Safety tips. These rules help by teaching your child the rules right from the start.

The following resource is provided courtesy of the USA Safe Kids Worldwide.


Teach your children:

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  1. Do not cross the street alone if you're younger than 10 years old.
  2. Do Stop at the curb before crossing the street.
  3. Don't run, across the street, walk.
  4. Do cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  5. Do look left, right, and left again before crossing.
  6. Do walk facing traffic.
  7. Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
  8. Do not play in driveways, streets, parking lots or unfenced yards by the street.
  9. Wear white clothing or reflectors when walking at night.
  10. Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.

For more information visit:

Pedestrian Safety: Do’s and Don’ts. USA Safe Kids Worldwide. 2007. English.

Last Reviewed: December 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014