Walking and jogging safely at night

Walking and jogging safely at night
Posted on 09/03/2020

As new LED streetlights add bright white light to areas of east Lenexa and Old Town, you may be interested in taking advantage of the cool air and lighter streets at dusk to go for a walk or jog. 

Before you take off on an evening jaunt, take note off these safety precautions from the Lenexa Police Department.

  • Use trails or sidewalks. Don't walk in the street when possible. 
  • There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, go out with another person or use well-traveled routes that frequently have other pedestrians.
  • Tell someone where you're going and the route you intend to take. 
  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Make polite eye contact with others to signal your awareness.
  • Be seen. Light colored or even reflective clothing helps you be more visible to drivers.
  • Use lighted crosswalks or intersections to cross the street. Avoid crossing on hills which may obstruct drivers from seeing you.
  • Invest in a small flashlight that can be tucked in a pocket or carried easily in your hand. 
  • Carry a deterrent such as pepper spray or a walking stick.

Published September 3, 2020