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.