Education, Encouragement and Enforcement


The Winston-Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Program worked together with the Police Department to develop educational materials that could be used to inform pedestrians and motorists of their rights and responsibilities so people can safely enjoy walking around the city. Our goal is educating citizens so they can safely travel on city sidewalks and share spaces with respect so that enforcement is seldom needed.


This brochure provides an overview of tips for pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and residents.

Bilingual Safety Cards

These cards provide tips for each group to create a safer environment for pedestrians and motorists as they interact on city streets. The cards are provided with English on one side and Spanish on the other.

The following documents require the Adobe Reader, a free download.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)(videos)

Walk Smart 4 [video]

Walk Smart 5 [video]

Walk Smart 6 [video]




Walking Trails

To encourage more residents to walk regularly, the health department developed different walking trails that are shown on maps with additional information:


While the Winston-Salem Police Department is working to educate cyclists and motorists about safely sharing the city’s streets, the police may also enforce state and local laws, writing citations for pedestrians or motorists when they deem it appropriate.

You can review local ordinances pertaining to pedestrians by using the search feature on the website. (opens in a new window).

To view the North Carolina statewide laws, please visit the NCDOT Pedestrian Laws of North Carolina. (This link opens in a new window; the linked site is not part of the City of Winston-Salem.)

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