Test Your Pedestrian Safety and White Cane Knowledge

The words Pedestrian Safety and a yellow traffic sign showing a graphic of a pedestrian crossing a street

October is Pedestrian Safety Month, which includes White Cane Safety Day on October 15. How keen is your pedestrian safety knowledge? Take our quiz and see how you do!

1. What percentage of Wisconsin residents do not drive?

a) 11%
b) 31%
c) 6%
d) 21%

Answer: b) 31%

Factoid: Non-drivers face daily challenges in getting where they want to go. The Wisconsin Non-Driver Advisory Committee identifies transportation barriers for non-drivers and develops recommendations to reduce these challenges and improve mobility for all travelers in Wisconsin.

2. True or False: A cane must be a mobility cane to be recognized as a white cane.

Answer: False.

Factoid: A support cane is also recognized as a white cane as long as it is white with red at the bottom.

3. What percentage of traffic-related fatalities do pedestrian deaths make up?

a) 11%
b) 17%
c) 71%

Answer: b) 17%

Factoid: Speed kills. At 40 mph, 45% of struck pedestrians die. That percentage decreases as speed decreases. At 25 mph, 12% of struck pedestrians die.

4. What is the best resource for learning about your local transportation options?

a) County Clerk
b) Your health provider
c) Aging and Disability Resource Center

Answer: c) Aging and Disability Resource Center

Factoid: Your county’s Aging and Disability Resource Center can provide transportation options and answer other mobility questions.

5. What distance does the average American walk each day?

a) 0.5 miles
b) 1 mile
c) 1.5 to 2 miles

Answer: c) 1.5 to 2 miles

Factoid: Safe walking routes are good for all pedestrians. Here’s a list of city and town pedestrian safety recommendations from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Share them! Use them as talking points with your local transportation officials! 

6. Which type of professional is best qualified to help you learn white cane skills?

a) Occupational Therapist
b) Physical Therapist
c) Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
d) Nurse Practitioner

Answer: c) Certified Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist

Factoid: The Council’s Brent Perzentka is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. You can contact him at 608 237-8112 or BPerzentka@WCBlind.org to explore whether you could benefit from O&M training.

7. Wisconsin drivers are required by law to stop how far from a person with a white cane or guide dog?

a) 10 feet
b) 20 feet
c) 25 feet

Answer: a) 10 feet

Factoid: This required distance varies from state to state. Read Wisconsin’s White Cane Law to learn more.

8. What is the best placement for a curb ramp?

a) as close to corner as possible
b) aligned with the crosswalk
c) only at four-way stops

Answer: b) aligned with the crosswalk.

Factoid: According to ADA curb ramp design standards, ramps used at a marked crosswalk should be fully contained within that crosswalk.

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