Know the Laws
Every crosswalk is an intersection in Minnesota, even those that are unmarked. Some highlights of the state’s pedestrian safety laws include:
- Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.
- Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.
- Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
- Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense.
- When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.
- Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.
Guaranteed Ride Home
You can wear almost anything to walk for transportation, but wearing clothing that is breathable, comfortable, and easy to move in is helpful.
Ready for Work or School
Appearing presentable at work or school after a long walk is a concern for many considering walking for transportation. Here are some ideas:
- You may be able to ride in your work clothes if the weather is good and you are going at a slow and steady pace.
- Bus to work and walk home to save your work clothes and shoes.
- If you need to change clothing, you can either leave clothes at work or carry them with you.
- Your employer may have shower and locker facilities available or you may be able to find facilities nearby your workplace (in the same building, for instance).
- Your employer may have a room where you can privately change into work clothes and clean up.
- Changing in the restroom and freshening up is always an option. You may want to bring or store toiletries and a towel (pack towels are super absorbent, small, and light). Some bicyclists use baby wipes to freshen up.