We all share the responsibility to keep our roadways safe. To save lives, we have to watch out for each other! Each year, about 1,500 pedestrians and 550 bicyclists are hit by cars on Connecticut roadways, leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Watch for Me CT is aimed at reducing those numbers through awareness, education and enforcement.

SAFETY TIPS

For Pedestrians

Watch for cars backing up in parking lots and driveways.

For Drivers

You may cross the center line to pass a cyclist if it’s safe.

For Bicyclists

Always ride on the right in the direction of traffic.

LAWS

For Pedestrians

State law requires pedestrians walking along the road to use sidewalks when available.

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For Drivers

Pedestrians have the right of way in marked and unmarked crosswalks, meaning cars must yield for pedestrians, wherever they are in the crosswalk

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For Bicyclists

Bicyclists can ride on sidewalks and in crosswalks but when doing so have the same responsibilities and rights as pedestrians.

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NEWS

New crash tests show modest speed increases can have deadly consequences

Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted...

Transportation Committee Hears Pleas To Address Pedestrian Safety

7-Hour Hearing Declared Technology Success A transportation bill jammed with proposals on pedestrian safety and traffic enforcement drew virtual testimony...

Need to brush up on pedestrian safety? Here are 20 tips for pedestrians and motorists

In 2018, there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, up from 5,977 the year before, according to the National...

Despite far less traffic, more pedestrians died on Connecticut roads in 2020 than a year before; lawmakers are seeking to address the deadly climb

Despite a pandemic-driven reduction in overall traffic last year, pedestrian deaths in Connecticut have continued their deadly climb. “Not just...

EVENTS

  • Apr192021

    Hartford Earth Week Coltsville Area Walk/Bike Audit

    We will be doing a walk/bike (and transit) audit of the area around Coltsville in Hartford in collaboration with:
    (1) Friends of Colt Park
    (2) The Hartford Athletic (soccer team)
    (3) Transport Hartford Academy
    (4) BiCi Co. Community Bicycle Workshop
    (5) The Hartford Garden Club
    (6) City of Hartford Complete Streets Committee
    (7) City of Hartford Office of Sustainability
    “Walk audits are a great tool to gather information about street conditions, engage community members, and inform planning and traffic safety projects. Through walk audits, you can help improve walking, health, and quality of life in your community! In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what is missing. Walk audits can be informal and casual events with just a few friends, or can include city council members, traffic engineers, and detailed forms.” – from the National Safe Routes to School Partnership
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