Watch for Me Part 1

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Watch for Me OKC promotion on Embark bus

These signs are beginning to show up in more and more places around town. And, watching out for each other is a good thing.

The signs are supporting a program launched by the city last fall in response to an alarming number of accidents. The program (and the accidents) involved both cyclists and pedestrians.

More details of the program are found on the City website.

Here are the pedestrian ordinances highlighted by City officials:

  • Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way on streets unless using a crosswalk at an intersection, and pedestrians must obey any signals and other signs at the intersection.
  • Pedestrians can only walk on a roadway if it’s safe and must walk facing traffic.
  • It’s illegal to jump or throw things from bridges.
  • Drivers are required to exercise due care to avoid collisions with pedestrians.
  • If there’s no crosswalk, pedestrians can only cross a street at a right angle to the curb. It’s illegal to cross two streets at once by walking diagonally across an intersection.

These are good rules for starters. There is much more to be said about the dearth of pedestrian infrastructure here in a place where cars rule. Nonetheless, HappyFeetOKC gives a thumbs up so far.