Pedestrian Safety

Campus Rules
  • Adhere to “Don’t Walk” and other traffic-control signals.
  • Cross within the marked crosswalk. Jaywalking is subject to a $112 fine.
Safety Tips
  • Wear reflective-colored clothing at night to make you more visible.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t be distracted with electronic devices.
  • Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, but the vehicle has the right-of-way when it is lawfully inside the intersection before the signal changes or the pedestrian leaves the curb. Don't take chances; stay alert for oncoming traffic.
  • Be careful of blind spots around cars, trucks and buses. Always assume the driver does not know you are there.
  • Walk confidently; look ahead and make eye contact.
  • Never leave any personal belonging unattended.
  • Walk with a friend.
  • If you think you are being followed, divert your route to a populated area.
  • Trust your instincts. If someone makes you uncomfortable, move away from that person.
  • Use the FREE Campus Escort Service. Available 24/7 by calling 612-624-WALK (9255).

*COLD WEATHER CAN BE DANGEROUS* - tips from the National Weather Service

Rollerbladers

  • Use sidewalks.
  • Alert others of your presence.
  • Remove skates indoors.


Click on the box above for details on campus safety initiatives.

Other Resources

Minnesota State Statute 169.21 Subdivision 2

Minnesota State Statute 169.06 Subdivision 6(1)

Additional Safety Information

Crosswalk Law Highlights

  • Motorists should 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 shouldn’t 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; common sense should be used.

View the full crosswalk law.

provided by the 
Minnesota Department of Transportation (Oct. 2015)