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Never assume that you are safe on a sidewalk, even if it is a distance from the road.

This section will highlight just how dangerous the sidewalk can be to those unwary users.

While sidewalks are designed to provide a safe and accessible route for pedestrians to walk, there are still some potential dangers that pedestrians should be aware of. Here are some of the dangers for pedestrians on a sidewalk.

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  • Uneven surfaces: Sidewalks may have cracks, potholes, or other uneven surfaces that can cause pedestrians to trip and fall, resulting in injuries.

  • Obstacles: Objects such as trash cans, utility poles, or parked vehicles may obstruct the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road and putting them at risk of being hit by passing vehicles.

  • Poor lighting: Inadequate lighting can make it difficult for pedestrians to see obstacles or hazards on the sidewalk, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries.

  • Intoxicated or distracted pedestrians: Pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or who are distracted by their phone or other electronic devices, may be less aware of their surroundings, making them more vulnerable to accidents and injuries.

  • Reckless cyclists or skateboarders: Cyclists or skateboarders who use the sidewalk may ride too fast, make sudden movements, or fail to yield to pedestrians, creating hazards for pedestrians.

  • Construction sites: Construction sites may obstruct sidewalks or force pedestrians to walk in areas with uneven surfaces, creating hazards for pedestrians.

To reduce the risks associated with walking on a sidewalk, pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings, walk carefully, and watch out for potential hazards or obstacles.

They should also wear appropriate footwear, such as shoes with good grip, to reduce the risk of slipping or tripping.

Additionally, pedestrians should avoid distractions while walking, such as using their phone, and avoid walking alone in poorly lit areas or at night if possible.

? Which side of the road is safest to walk on?

In most countries, pedestrians are advised to walk facing the oncoming traffic, which means walking on the left side of the road (in countries where vehicles travel on the right lane). The rationale behind this recommendation is to allow pedestrians to see approaching vehicles and be more aware of their surroundings. By facing oncoming traffic, pedestrians can make eye contact with drivers, assess the distance and speed of vehicles, and react accordingly to ensure their safety.

Walking on the left side of the road also provides a better opportunity to step off the road or take evasive action if needed, as pedestrians can move away from approaching vehicles.

However, it's important to note that road rules and pedestrian practices may vary between countries and regions. For example, some countries drive on the right side of the road, and pedestrians may be advised to walk on the right side accordingly.

To ensure your safety as a pedestrian, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local road rules and pedestrian regulations in the area you are in. Follow designated pedestrian paths or sidewalks whenever available and exercise caution when walking on or near roadways.

? Can a sidewalk be private property?

In most countries, pedestrians are advised to walk facing the oncoming traffic, which means walking on the left side of the road (in countries where vehicles travel on the right lane). The rationale behind this recommendation is to allow pedestrians to see approaching vehicles and be more aware of their surroundings. By facing oncoming traffic, pedestrians can make eye contact with drivers, assess the distance and speed of vehicles, and react accordingly to ensure their safety.

Walking on the left side of the road also provides a better opportunity to step off the road or take evasive action if needed, as pedestrians can move away from approaching vehicles.

However, it's important to note that road rules and pedestrian practices may vary between countries and regions. For example, some countries drive on the right side of the road, and pedestrians may be advised to walk on the right side accordingly.

To ensure your safety as a pedestrian, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local road rules and pedestrian regulations in the area you are in. Follow designated pedestrian paths or sidewalks whenever available and exercise caution when walking on or near roadways.

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