Walking in Norfolk

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month!

We're proud to partner with Norfolk Public Schools and the Norfolk Bicycling, Pedestrian, and Active Transportation Commission each year to celebrate the benefits of walking, provide educational resources, and encourage more walking by all residents.

This year, Walk to School Day was celebrated on October 4th. Students, parents, and Norfolk Public Schools staff started their day walking safely from Booker T. Washington High School to Richard Bowling Elementary School thanks to our Norfolk Police Department Crossing Guards.

Walk to School Day is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school a safe choice for Norfolk families. Visit our Vision Zero webpage for information about Norfolk's Vision Zero strategy, which aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries.

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Walking is an essential part of all journeys. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point. Motorists turn into pedestrians when they park their cars, and people who take public transportation generally walk some distance at one or both ends of their trips.

We're committed to building a well-connected network for pedestrians to make walking an easier and more convenient method of getting around. To support and encourage walking, we're enhancing pedestrian infrastructure through:

  • Installation of new ADA compliant ramps citywide
  • Installation of new high-visibility crosswalks
  • Installation of more pedestrian accommodations & pedestrian countdown signals
  • Construction of new sidewalks & improvements to existing sidewalks to complete gaps in the network

These are just a few initiatives that are making Norfolk a safe place for pedestrians!

Norfolk's Sidewalk Network

Information coming soon

Safety Tips

For a complete safety overview, view the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Pedestrian Safety website, which provides safety tips for pedestrians and motorists. 

Visit our Vision Zero webpage for more information about the program, and click on the safety cards below for tips on how to be safe on our streets!

                                       Download the Pedestrian Card            Download the Driver Card

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Reporting an Incident

Witnessed a pedestrian-involved accident?

  • Call 911 immediately and follow the dispatcher's directions
  • Stay with them until help arrives, if possible

Report any other emergencies requiring immediate attention by calling 911.Pedestrian signs and markings info sheet

Pedestrian Signs & Road Markings

There are several projects underway to improve faci lities for pedestrians, including sidewalk improvements and the installation of new crosswalks. These improvements include road markings, signs and signals to make it safer for those who are walking, cycling, and driving to share our streets. Click here or on the image to the right to read information on the various pedestrian signs and signals you may encounter in Norfolk.

Pedestrian Resources