Pedestrian on Roadway Law and Legal Definition

‘Pedestrian on roadway’ means a pedestrian walking on a roadway. Generally where sidewalks are provided it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway. Most jurisdictions have rules of road which specifically describe the rights and duties of pedestrians. These rules provide for the convenient and safe passage for pedestrians on and across all streets and highways, increase levels of walking and pedestrian travel, and reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

The following is a State Statute (California) on pedestrian upon a roadway:

Cal Veh Code § 21956 Pedestrian walking on roadway

(a) No pedestrian may walk upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district otherwise than close to his or her left-hand edge of the roadway.

(b) A pedestrian may walk close to his or her right-hand edge of the roadway if a crosswalk or other means of safely crossing the roadway is not available or if existing traffic or other conditions would compromise the safety of a pedestrian attempting to cross the road.