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Louisville averaged 16 fatalities of pedestrians in collisions with automobiles per year from 2010 through 2014, and the rate of such fatalities in our community is higher than the national average. The good news is that the major factors involved in many of these collisions are avoidable. The information below shows what each person can do to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian collisions. The goal is to reach zero fatalities.
How Pedestrians Can Reduce Collisions


  • Keep your eyes up to look for traffic before and while crossing the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers so you understand their intentions and they understand yours.
  • Wait until you reach the other side to text, talk, and send email.


  • Cross only at marked crosswalks.
  • Cross only on walk signals or green lights.
  • Check that you are not stepping into the roadway from behind a large object such as a parked car or tree. 


  • If you must walk in the roadway, always walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Carry a flashlight or turn your phone on and point it toward oncoming traffic. People in cars will be able to see the light. 


How Motorists Can Reduce Collisions


  • Keep eyes focused through the windshield
  • Watch for pedestrians at intersections
  • Wait to text, talk, or email. 

Right of Way

  • Yield to pedestrians at marked intersections.
  • Yield to pedestrians at marked (zebra striped) pedestrian crossings.
  • Yield to pedestrians when they have entered travel lanes at any point along the roadway.

Traffic Signs and Signals

  • Do not run red lights.
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs.
  • Do not drive through intersections after the light has turned yellow. A yellow light means stop if you can do so safely.
See Louisville's Walk Friendly Designation
See Louisville's Age Friendly Action Plan
View the Pedestrian Master Plan
View Alternate Route Maps to Beargrass Creek Trail during MSD Work
Walking Clubs and Advocacy Groups in Louisville

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