Practicing safety is one of the ways to support RTD’s front-line employees

During a time when we are all doing our part and staying home, going for a walk can help keep us physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. People are taking to the streets all over the metro area to dispel their cabin fever and feel a sense of normalcy. Most, if not all of us, are leaving our homes with our cellphones. With RTD buses and trains still providing essential trips, it is important to not be distracted by your phone while walking, even when not riding RTD services.  

Cities around the world are coming up with new ways to address distracted walking. According to CNBC.com, German cities are installing pedestrian traffic signals in the ground to prevent distracted walkers from wandering into oncoming traffic. They are also installing ground-level warning lights at trolley stations to warn distracted cellphone users of an approaching train.  

Here in Denver, the number one way to stay safe around RTD operations is to avoid being distracted. It is not uncommon for RTD bus and train operators to see distracted pedestrians walking in front of their vehicles. Distractions from your phone can make you completely unaware of your surroundings. So much so, you may not even hear an approaching bus or train. For this reason, avoid talking on your phone, texting or listening to loud music while walking. 

We can all continue doing our part by supporting RTD’s front-line employees. If bus and train operators can put their lives on the line to support our community, we can support them by putting our phones away, turning down the volume and staying alert when we hit the streets. We should also continue to practice social distancing and wear masks in public to show transit workers, and all other essential workers keeping Colorado running, that we care about their safety.