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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Safety Tips for Running and Walking at Night

Man running in the dark

Yorba Linda is home to over 100 miles of maintained trails, making it a walker or runner's paradise. With busy work and school schedules, many individuals choose to use run or walk at night, which can pose some safety concerns. The City of Yorba Linda would like to remind those enjoying Yorba Linda's trails system to follow these precautions when walking or running at night:

  • Although pedestrians have the right of way at pedestrian crossings, always pause to make sure motorists have seen you before crossing; try to make eye contact with oncoming motorists if possible;
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and run without earbuds or other audio devices that will prevent you from hearing vehicles and other sounds around you. If you do choose to listen to music, consider using only one earbud;
  • Wear reflective or brightly colored clothing. A headlamp will also make you more visible to motorists;
  • Take a familiar route and be sure a friend or family member knows which route you will be running or walking;
  • Carry identification with you (e.g. a driver's license or identification bracelet);
  • Run against traffic so you can have a clear view of what is ahead. If you find headlights blinding, consider wearing a cap or visor;
  • Bring your cell phone with you to use in an emergency. A variety of applications, including the Road ID app, allow you to upload your emergency contacts to your phone and even allow friends or family to track your location;
  • When possible, use the buddy system. This can be a great motivator as well!

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