Are you ready to Walk Safe?
Here in the City, we all share the responsibility to make sure our roads are safe, to include pedestrians and bicyclists. Having safe places to walk and bike is important for our community to be vibrant. The City of Fayetteville has launched a Pedestrian Safety program which seeks to reduce pedestrian and bicycle accidents by improving community engagement, public education, infrastructure, and visible law enforcement.
Fayetteville's Pedestrian Plan
The City of Fayetteville hired Stantec Consulting Services to develop a comprehensive pedestrian plan to make Fayetteville a more walkable place to live. A goal of City Council is to improve mobility and connectivity by investing in sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes, thereby improving pedestrian safety. The Pedestrian plan provides recommendations and projects to help accomplish this goal.
- Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right – before crossing the street; never assume a driver will stop
- Be careful crossing multiple lanes of traffic. Make sure each lane of traffic is clear before you cross
- Enhance your visibility at night. Walk in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight or wear something reflective, such as stickers or armbands, to be more visible
- Avoid distraction. More and more we see people texting or talking on cell phones when crossing streets; this diminishes the ability of your two key senses – hearing and seeing – that are used to detect and avoid cars. Especially when crossing streets, put down the phone for a few seconds
- Be predictable to drivers and follow the rules of the road; obey signs and signals
- Obey all pedestrian traffic signals
- Watch for cars backing up in parking lots; brake lights can mean that a car is about to back up
- Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. At bus stops, cross behind the bus or at the nearest crosswalk
- Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the roadway as you can
- Wear a helmet. It could save your life
- Use a light and reflex mirrors or reflective clothing when bicycling at night, and be as visible as possible
- Ride in the direction of traffic. Drivers may not be looking for you if you are riding the wrong way
- Obey all signs and signals. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights
- Use all of your senses – watch and listen for cars, particularly at intersections and drive ways
- Avoid distractions such as listening to headphones or answering phones when riding
- Safety is a shared responsibility. Motorists need to be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists, drive at slower speeds, avoid distraction, and know the laws regarding when pedestrians or bicyclists have the right-of-way
- Be prepared to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Give a bicyclist at least four feet of space when passing, or you may completely enter the left lane if conditions are safe to do so
- Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians
- Before making a turn, be sure the path is clear of any pedestrians or bicyclists
- Slow down in areas where you are likely to find pedestrians, such as near bus stops, schools, and playgrounds
- Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing-up
- Keep an eye out for pedestrians at night that may be walking near or across the road
- Avoid distractions such as food, passengers and using mobile devices. Talking and texting while driving is both dangerous and illegal in many places
Completed Pedestrian Projects
Recently, the City of Fayetteville has completed several projects to improve Pedestrian Safety within the City Limits.
- Cliffdale Road Sidewalk: from Glensford Drive to McPherson Church Road, includes Pedestrian Signals and Crosswalks at Cliffdale @ McPherson Church.
- Cain Road Sidewalk: from Bragg Blvd to Pamalee Drive
- Rosehill Road Sidewalk: From Country Club to Hickory Hill Road, includes Pedestrian Signals and Crosswalks at Chadwick.
Upcoming Pedestrian Projects