Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable groups within the group of users of both urban and interurban roads but, at the same time, They may perceive the risk to a lesser extent by not driving a motor vehicle at high speeds or not sharing the road with them, as is the case with bicycles or VMP.
But not having a correct perception of risk does not mean that it does not exist. Passers-by can clash even in the city to dangerous or unforeseen situations that end up in an accident with serious consequences.
For this reason, the DGT has decided to recall the basic rules that all pedestrians must comply with when driving on the street, with special emphasis on those who are accompanied by children or people with reduced mobility.
- Pedestrians have to circulate through the places reserved for them and not to do it for the prohibited ones (for example, highways and highways).
- In the city, if possible, they have to use the center of the sidewalks, moving away from both the curb (so as not to be run over by a vehicle) and the buildings (due to whether there were garage entrances or exits).
- If a street does not have a sidewalk or there is an obstacle, it will be circulated as close to the wall as possible and, if possible, facing traffic.
- It has to be lent special attention to children, who should always go hand in hand with adults and play in safe spaces away from the road.
- Likewise, pedestrians cannot carry loose animals. Otherwise, they could create dangerous situations for other road users.
- Pedestrians are only allowed to enter the road to cross it.
The context in which a pedestrian can be most at risk is when crossing the road, even if it has priority over other vehicles. To correctly cross a road, the passer-by must choose a marked crossing point, either with signs on the ground or with traffic lights. Even if there are light signals, you must always look both left and right before crossing and make sure that the vehicles are completely stopped, to reduce any type of danger.
And out of town?
If that a pedestrian circulates outside the town, on interurban roads, You should remember that it does not always have priority over other users and that you can only walk on roads where there is no express prohibition for pedestrians. The DGT recommends:
- On this type of road you have to drive on the left to face approaching vehicles.
- If there is, you will walk on the shoulder. Otherwise, the part of the road that is closest to the edge will be used. In any case, if there are several people circulating, they will have to go one after the other.
- As it happens in the city, roads must be crossed in safe places and with extreme precautions. Sections with visibility should be chosen and curves and slopes should be avoided.
- Use garments like reflective vests it will help to be more visible to drivers.
- Both in the city and on the road, it is essential to forget about the mobile phone and listening to music or the radio with headphones to avoid distractions.