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Walking Safety Tips

  • It is best to walk in pairs or groups. If you must walk alone carry some identification with you and a cell phone.

  • Always walk on the left side of the road facing traffic so you can easily see approaching automobiles.

  • Avoid dark unpopulated areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails. Especially avoid unlit areas at night.

  • Wear appropriate footwear such as a walking or running shoe with a good tread, especially when walking in winter or on icy roads or pathways.

  • Wear appropriate clothing. Dress in layers if it is cold, you can always take one layer off.

  • Take water or other fluid if it's a hot day or if walking over 45 minutes.

  • Wear something reflective if it's dark.

  • If going on any extended walks inform someone of your route and expected return time.

  • Warm up properly and start your walks at a comfortable pace and slowly build up the pace.

  • Carry a couple of coins so you can make a phone call or carry cab fare in your shoe.

  • When walking by yourself walk in a loop in case you need to cut the walk short.

  • Stay alert. The more you are aware the less vulnerable you are.

  • Don't wear headphones. Use your hearing to be aware of your surroundings.

  • Ignore verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant. Keep your distance and keep moving.

  • Use your intuition about suspicious persons or areas.

    • Call the police immediately if something happens to you or if you notice anything out of the ordinary during your walk.

    • Carry a whistle or noisemaker. Some walkers carry pepper spray in case of dog attacks.