Pedestrians are people who are walking.
Portland, Oregon, like many other cities in the U.S., has a special sign to alert drivers to pedestrians. It looks like this:
Portland also marks safe zones at intersections for pedestrians to walk in. These zones, called crosswalks, are indicated by white stripes and look like this:
Drivers should know that it is illegal to enter a crosswalk while a pedestrian is in it. Drivers must wait for pedestrians.
This is different than in many countries where the driver is the king of the road.
If you are a foreigner driving in the U.S. for the first time, be sure to honor pedestrians.
- Watch for pedestrians.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and in crowded city centers.
- Wait as pedestrians enter and use the crosswalk.
Pedestrians will expect you to follow crosswalk etiquette (polite behavior). Be safe!