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Tips for Pedestrians

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  • Always use crosswalks when crossing the road. When crossing Highway 158 (the bypass), never use the center lane of the highway as a stopping point. With the high volume of traffic, it is very difficult for motorists to see a pedestrian in this location until it is too late.

  • Pedestrians crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway. (General Statute 20-174.a)

  • Use designated walking paths when possible.

  • Wear bright colored clothing and flashers on your body when it is dark outside. The narrow lanes and shoulder on Virginia Dare Trail (often referred to as the beach road) are very dangerous for pedestrians at night. Sand along the shoulder may cause pedestrians to lose footing and step into the roadway. Please be extra cautious and always wear clothing and flashers to ensure visibility at dusk and at night.

  • Pedestrians should always travel against traffic.

  • Look both ways when crossing the road.

Road Safety Tips

Tips for Cyclists
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