Whether commuting to work, heading to school, or running an errand, everyone deserves to arrive at their destination safely- no matter how they get around.
The Watch For Me VT program seeks to reduce injuries and deaths on Vermont roadways, specifically among people who walk and bike. Using education and enforcement, we can work together to improve the safety of our Vermont communities.
Learn about how to walk, drive and ride your bike safely, and download materials to share in your community or organization.
Safety Tips for Vermonters
- Walk against traffic if there is no sidewalk
- Use crosswalks whenever possible
- Be bright at night with reflective gear and flashlights
- Limit distractions and impairment while navigating roadways
- Be predictable and use hand signals
- Ride in the same direction as vehicle traffic
- Be bright at night with reflective gear and bike lights
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Follow the speed limit
- Don’t drive impaired and avoid distractions
- Stay alert and share the road
- VTrans (Vermont Agency of Transportation) Bike & Auto Safety
- Local Motion and Ski Rack Bike Commuting videos
- Animated Crash Scenario
- Driving Safely Around Pedestrians and Bicyclists
- Vermont Safe Routes to School Crossing Guard Training: Best Practices for Safe Crossing
- Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) countermeasure videos
- Step it Up! Help Make Our Communities Walkable
Images and Social Media Content
- Watch For Me VT posters
- Watch For Me VT Tips for being a safe pedestrian and safe cyclist
- Infographics from Governor's Highway Safety Association (national data)
Download these images and use them freely. More to come, share suggestions and request printable materials via email.
In the U.S., almost 40,000 people are killed using our transportation system each year.
We estimate that in Vermont between 2,000 (police reports) and 4,000 (ED visits) people are injured and killed on our roadways each year. Vermont has an average of 60 deaths each year, and of those VT averages 6 pedestrian deaths and 1 bicycle death (five-year average).
In a crash, people on foot and bike are more likely to be severely injured, as vehicle safety advances including seatbelts and airbags have dramatically improved the safety of vehicle occupants.
In Vermont, crashes involving people walking often happen in dark lighting conditions, such as on rural roads at night, and in the fall and winter.
In Vermont, about one in five crashes involving a person walking occur in parking lots.
What we offer
- Walk Audit support
- Crosswalk Enforcement Operation support
- Training opportunities and resources
- Questions, guidance, technical assistance, data