Celebrate National Walking Day in New Orleans!

pedestrian safety tips

It may be April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke that April 1 is also National Walking Day. Today marks the beginning of the American Heart Association’s Move More Month, which encourages everyone to find new ways to stay active at work and at home throughout the month of April.

Just thirty minutes of walking per day can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones, and increase your muscular endurance. With New Orleans weather at its finest, now is the perfect time of year to celebrate National Walking Day. Check out these top picks for the best walks in New Orleans, plus some pedestrian safety tips to keep you out of harm’s way.

The Best Walks in New Orleans

New Orleans has plenty to offer in the way of beautiful walks. Whether you love exploring the city or venturing into nature, there’s something for everyone in the Big Easy. 

Couterie Forest 

This 1.1 mile loop is perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without actually having to leave the city. Recent improvements to this trail make this walk accessible for all skill levels, with a clearly marked, mostly flat pathway through vibrant oak trees. The trail encircles a small lake, where you’ll likely spot great blue herons in addition to other wildlife. 

The Lakefront

With more than four miles of walkways and bikeways just a stone’s throw from the water, walking along the Pontchartrain Lakefront is a great way to unwind after a long week. Listen to the waves and keep an eye out for the occasional dolphin. This path is also great for cycling or rollerblading.

Royal Street

Located in the historic French Quarter, Royal Street is one of the best places in the city for a visually stimulating stroll. It is also one of the original streets of New Orleans, dating back to the early 1700s. Today it comes alive with art galleries, antique shops, hotels, and near-constant live music in the streets.

New Orleans Pedestrian Safety Tips

Before you begin celebrating National Walking Day, take some time to brush up on your pedestrian safety. More than 8,406 pedestrian injuries and 724 fatalities were reported in Louisiana between 2013 and 2018 by the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CART). You can reduce your risk of being involved in a New Orleans pedestrian accident by following these pedestrian safety tips.

Follow the Rules of the Road

It’s easy to forget that you have to obey the same traffic laws as motorists and bicyclists when you’re a pedestrian, but it’s extremely important that you do. Keep your movements predictable—this means heeding all traffic signs and signals, walking on sidewalks or designated pedestrian lanes whenever possible, and refraining from jaywalking. 

If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far away from other vehicles as possible. If there is no crosswalk and you need to cross the street, choose the most well-lit area where you have a clear view of oncoming traffic. Look before you cross, and continue looking for traffic as you’re crossing.  

Don’t Get Distracted

Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving. Looking down at your phone puts you at risk of bumping into another pedestrian or cyclist or being struck by a car. It can also lead to a slip and fall accident

Similarly, avoid wearing headphones or listening to loud music while walking, as you may not be able to hear oncoming traffic. Sightseeing may also be a significant distraction, so keep your eyes on the road, especially when crossing the street.

Never Assume A Driver Can See You

One of the most crucial pedestrian safety tips is to never assume that you’re visible to motorists. Motorists turning right may not see you in their peripheral vision.That is why you should always look both ways before crossing the street, even when the walk sign is illuminated. 

Additionally, try to make eye contact with drivers to confirm that they’ve seen you and have come to a full stop. You will also want to wear bright or reflective clothing when possible, especially if you are walking at night. 

Injured in a New Orleans Pedestrian Accident? 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in New Orleans, compensation may be available to you. Contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys to schedule your free consultation. If another motorist’s negligence played a role in your injury, you may have legal grounds for a personal injury case.

To find out more, call one of our offices in Louisiana at the numbers below. You can also chat online with a live representative now, or send us the details of your case using our secure contact form.

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