Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Tips


The problem of pedestrians being killed or seriously injured on California roadways is bad and growing worse. There are more people out walking – to get to work, school and shopping or just for fun, exercise, and being outside. In an era where we are promoting walking as a healthy, positive, and community building alternative to driving, walking is becoming increasingly dangerous. The Sebastopol Police Department wants to bring awareness to our community about the dangers pedestrians face so that injuries and fatalities can be reduced on roadways. According to the most recent statistics from the California Office Traffic Safety:

  • 2018: 893 pedestrians were killed on California roadways, a 26% increase from 2014.
  • 2018: More than 14,000 pedestrians injured.
  • Pedestrian deaths rose 26% percent between 2014 and 2018.
  • Nearly 7,500 pedestrians have died in California between 2009 and 2018.
  • California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 25% higher than the national average.
  • No state has more pedestrian deaths on its roadways than California.
It’s a two-way street. Drivers and pedestrians must work together to demonstrate safe behaviors on the road helping to protect themselves and those around them. 
Traffic Related complaints please call the police department at 707-829-4400 
or email:
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
  • Make yourself visible: wear bright colored clothes and carry a flashlight if you are walking at night.
  • Avoid dangerous behaviors: always walk on the sidewalk (no jaywalking), stay sober and make eye contact with drivers – don’t assume the driver can see you.
  • Stay off your phones, talking and especially texting distracts you from paying attention to your surroundings.
  • Look before you step: cross streets at marked crosswalks/intersections, obey traffic signals and watch for turning vehicles.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street.
Safety Tips for Drivers
  • Don’t speed, follow the speed limit and never use your phone; always be cautious of your surroundings.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at any crosswalk or intersection, so yield and be prepared to stop.
  • Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to pedestrians too.
  • Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path.


Pedestrian Safety Proposal

Throughout 2018, the City of Sebastopol, the Sebastopol Police Department, and Cittaslow Sebastopol studied pedestrian safety initiatives from around the country. Based upon what has been most successful elsewhere and a survey of more than 200 local residents, Cittaslow Sebastopol presented the following proposal to the Sebastopol City Council on April 16, 2019. 

See the presentation to learn more about the study and survey results and projects under consideration. 

 For questions or comments about the proposed projects, please email

Kevin Kilgore / Chief of Police

6850 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: 707-829-4400
Fax: 707-829-0967

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