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Pedestrian Safety


Obey Traffic Signals and Signs

mounted pedestrian crossing sign with instructions for crossingAlways use crosswalks and obey pedestrian signals, and look both ways before crossing streets (even on one-way streets). If there is no marked crosswalk nearby, cross at intersections away from parked cars or other obstructions.

Obey pedestrian signals when present.

  • Walk symbol: Pedestrians may begin crossing. Watch for turning vehicle traffic.
  • Flashing hand sign: Pedestrians may finish crossing, but the walk cycle is ending soon and others should not start crossing. Some signals also use a countdown timer.
  • Red hand sign: Do not cross.

Some intersections may require pedestrians to press a button to activate the pedestrian signals and timed crossing cycle. If the button isn't pressed, the light will continue to be timed for vehicle traffic and may not stay green long enough to allow safe crossing. 

If there are no pedestrian signals, follow the traffic signals and watch for turning vehicle traffic.

Be Alert

Watch for cars and establish eye contact with motorists and bicyclists to confirm that you are seen. Pay particular attention at intersections, alleys, and around parked cars.

In wet or cold weather, watch road conditions closely and avoid standing water, patches of ice, or obstructions. (See more tips to travel safely in inclement weather)


Never assume that vehicles (cars, buses, bikes) can see you.

At night, wear bright colors or reflective clothing so you are visible to others on the road.

In Downtown Denver

At many intersections downtown, there are special “all pedestrian” phases in signal timing to stop all vehicle traffic and allow pedestrian crossing in all directions.

Pedestrian light signals at other times may not match vehicle traffic signals, to allow vehicle turns and keep traffic moving at busy intersections. One side of the street may have a walk sign, while the other is red. Although vehicles must yield to pedestrians, it is safest to designate cycles for all modes of traffic.

Use caution when crossing light rail tracks and look for oncoming trains in both directions, as some tracks may be shared. Never walk or stand in rail lanes.

When walking on the 16th Street Mall, stay on sidewalks and do not walk in the bus lanes or cross in front of buses.

On Trails

Pedestrians have the right of way, but be aware of bicycle and other traffic and be courteous to other trail users. Stay to the right when walking or running.

When stopping, stand to the side of the trail to allow others to pass. Do not block ramps or trails.

Where specific sections of trail exist, use the appropriate trail as posted (bikes and skaters on one trail, walkers and runners on the other).


flooded sidewalk and streetTravel safely in rain and snow

Safety tips for inclement weather

Report Pedestrian Access Issues

Report hazardous conditions and problems online, or via mobile app 24/7, to get help with city services.

Or Contact 311 By Phone

Within Denver dial: 3-1-1
Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911
TTY Service: 720-913-8479