Walk in My Shoes
Making sure our most vulnerable are protected on our streets
We all know (or should!) that walking is good for us and is a quick, easy, low-cost way of improving our health, alongside the social benefits. People travelling on foot are the most vulnerable of all road user groups, making it vitally important that everyone; whether it be drivers, motorcyclists or people on bikes have them front of mind while on their travels.
That said, having perspective from all sides is vital. Greater consideration of other road users across the board will help everyone coexist more successfully. We should all take action to look out for each other’s safety as we travel around our city streets.
In this modern age of digital assistance, from smartphones to digital music players, distraction is a huge contributor to incidents when behind the wheel and on foot. It is vital to pay attention to what’s going on around us, with extra care needed at junctions where collisions are most likely, and patience – for drivers and walkers alike.
Marked crossings should be used when crossing the road, where available, and looking carefully before crossing at junctions is important, while drivers must avoid technical distractions and drive consistently with the flow of traffic at slower speeds. This shows respect which can empower pedestrians and reduce road rage.
Author – Tanya Braun from Living Streets
A Living Streets Scotland project – works with older residents to help them contact councillors to improve the streets around them and make it easier to reach local shops and bus stops.