Huntingdon College, like most colleges and universities, sees a lot of pedestrian traffic. Whether walking to classes, the dining hall, or athletic events, pedestrians and drivers alike must be responsible for safety. Following basic and common sense approaches will ensure your safety as a pedestrian on Huntingdon College.
Whether you are on foot on the College’s main campus or crossing the Crosswalk at the intersection of East Fairview Avenue and Bankhead Avenue to the Cloverdale campus here are some practical safety points for you to follow:
- Always stay on the sidewalk. Never walk in the street.
- Obey all traffic signs, speed limits, no parking/fire lanes and traffic laws (Refer to the Huntingdon College Campus Security Traffic and Parking Policies for detailed instructions).
- Wear clothing that is reflective or light in color at night, or brightly colored during the day. Make sure you are visible to drivers. According to the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8:00 p.m., and 11:59 p.m.
- Before crossing the Crosswalk at the intersection of East Fairview Avenue and Bankhead Avenue ALWAYS use the Crosswalk red button on the Crosswalk poles which activates blinking red lights for both the east and west lanes of East Fairview Avenue. DON’T ASSUME TRAFFIC WILL STOP even though you have the right of way. Before entering the Crosswalk ensure traffic has stopped by looking in both directions. Make eye contact with drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before using the Crosswalk. Keep in mind, these lights are solar powered so inclement weather could affect them.
- Always cross at marked crosswalks. You forfeit your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere
- Obey any pedestrian signals and look left-right-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
- Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first. • Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.
- Don’t use cell phones or other electronic devices as a pedestrian. These devices distract you. Be aware of your surroundings and use your ears and eyes to detect danger.
- Don’t use headphones as a pedestrian. This will impair your ability to hear vehicles or emergency vehicles.
- Alcohol consumption will also impair your mental and physical capacity as a pedestrian. Statistics show that over 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities involve alcohol, with 34 percent of those involving the pedestrian being impaired from alcohol.