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City of Eureka
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Eureka, CA 95501-1165

Phone: (707) 441-4144


Subject :

Mayor Seaman PSA - May 11, 2020
Pedestrian Safety
Contact : Pamela Powell, City Clerk, Administration    7074414144
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Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve mentioned in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is working diligently to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may have noticed more people out for walks lately. The shelter-in-place order has folks itching to get out of the house, even if it is just for a stroll around the neighborhood. Walking is a great way to relieve stress and get a little exercise. But with more folks out for walks, I want to make sure that everyone is safe--both from the coronavirus and also from vehicular strikes.


Here are a couple things to keep in mind:


  • With more people out walking, it is important that we all take steps to be safe. This means maintaining a social distance of 6ft, where possible. If you are walking, before entering the street to avoid another person be sure to look both ways for traffic. For drivers, be aware that there are more people walking than usual and they may be walking in unusual places to maintain social distancing.
  • For most traffic signals within Eureka, the pedestrian signal will display whether or not you push the crosswalk button. You can avoid that high touch button by simply waiting for the light to change and the pedestrian signal to appear.
  • Drivers, be on the lookout for pedestrians! California law requires motorists to yield for pedestrians at any marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalks at an intersection. I have been in conversations with Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson to make additional efforts regarding pedestrian safety.
  • Also remember, if you’re on a multi-lane street and other cars are stopping near a crosswalk, this is an indication that there is likely someone in the crosswalk. If you’re on a one-way street, remember to look the opposite direction of traffic for pedestrians.
  • We are always on the lookout for ways to make our streets safer. If you see something that is unsafe--whether it is a missing curb cut, poor visibility, cracked or damaged sidewalk, or any other safety issue--please report this information to Street Story, an online survey platform where individuals can report safety concerns. City, county and Caltrans staff use Street Story to help identify areas of concern. Data from Street Story can help our governments obtain state and federal grant funding. You can report this data at

Mostly, enjoy walking in the community. We have wonderful trails and hiking areas, but there’s also much to appreciate in our neighborhoods.

Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message, and your commitment to doing everything you can to protect our community. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. Take good care of yourself. We’ll talk again soon.