Millions of Americans walk -- to school, to work, to the store or just around the block for exercise. Unfortunately, pedestrians are the most vulnerable to injury and death of all road users; they are basically unprotected if struck by an automobile.
Pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 - 14. Motor vehicle crashes account for approximately 80 percent of all childhood pedestrian deaths. Between 2010 and 2014, Charlotte averaged 329 pedestrian crashes per year, with 65 of the crashes during that time period resulting in a pedestrian's death.
CDOT is committed to providing a safe, accessible environment for pedestrians. The installation and maintenance of sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals, truncated domes and pedestrian warning signs all help pedestrians to move safely around the city. However, the safety of pedestrians is dependent on the behavior of both motorists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross at crosswalks and with signals whenever possible. Also, motorists are urged to be mindful of pedestrians and to yield to pedestrians where mandated by state law