The streets and sidewalks around
the Salisbury University campus are often busy with motor
vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Crosswalks have been
constructed in the area, and are intended to provide safety
zones for pedestrians. Pedestrian’s utilizing crosswalks
should push the crossing activation button where provided,
and obey all crossing signals.
It is imperative that pedestrians and motorists understand
what their respective responsibilities are under Maryland
- Maryland law specifically states that pedestrians have the
right-of-way at controlled intersections and in marked
- The motorist is required to bring their vehicle to a
complete stop when a pedestrian is crossing in the crosswalk
of the roadway and remain stopped until the pedestrian has
cleared the lane (half of the roadway) in which the vehicle
- Pedestrians have a specific duty to exercise care,
caution, and good judgment for their protection.
- Pedestrians should not leave a curb or other place of
safety unless there is adequate distance for a motorist to
stop and yield.
- The pedestrian must give the motorist the right-of-way at
all areas other than marked crosswalks and controlled
- Remember the basic rule: stop, look & listen.
Pedestrians on the roadway
- Where a sidewalk is provided, a pedestrian may not walk
along the roadway.
- Where a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian may only
walk on the left side of the roadway as near as practicable
to the edge of the roadway, facing approaching traffic.
Bicycles on the roadway
- Traffic laws apply to bicycles.
- Persons operating a bicycle on the roadway shall ride as
near to the right side of the roadway as practicable and
- Bicyclists do not have the right-of-way in marked
Regardless of who has the right-of-way, pedestrians,
bicyclists, and motorists are responsible for using
reasonable care and diligence to avoid injuring anyone who,
although carelessly, may be in the other's right-of-way.