Ocean City Walk Smart! Campaign Features Cheswick, the Crab Lifeguard,Who Watches Over Coastal Highway


If your summer travel plans include surfing Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland – Cheswick, the Lifeguard Crab, is watching over area roadways to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe. A partnership between the Town of Ocean City, Ocean City Police Department, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and other local businesses and agencies, the Walk Smart! campaign raises awareness about the rules of the road to keep Ocean City residents and visitors safe this summer.

Unfortunately, even while on vacation, the grim reality of a traffic crash or incident can leave a wake of tragedy. Coastal Highway, a multi-lane highway, requires full attention while navigating whether on foot, bicycle or in a vehicle.  The efforts of this campaign are focused on making sure residents and visitors reach the beach safely, and stay safe

Special outreach will be focused on “Senior Week” visitors through a partnership with the Play It Safe campaign from June 1 – June 14. Backpacks and other items with the “walk smart” message will be distributed at events designed to safely entertain high school graduates. If you are parent of the member of Class of 2017 visiting Ocean City this summer, please remind your child to be cautious when crossing any roadway, especially Coastal Highway, to use marked cross walks and avoid distractions when walking, biking or driving.

Through the three E’s of safety, engineering, enforcement and education,
we want to keep you safe!


The Walk Smart! Mascot, Crab the Lifeguard, imparts the importance of roadway basics and personal responsibility. The “Save Yourself!” message conveys the personal responsibility each visitor has to use crosswalks, follow signals and exercise general street smarts.

Save Yourself! With these key tips:

  • Cross at and within marked crosswalks.
  • Look, pay attention, then cross.
  • Follow all traffic signals signs and marking.
  • Use the sidewalk – do not cross in the street.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing at night so drivers can SEE you.

The Town of Ocean City swells to one of Maryland’s largest cities during the summer months with a population that changes each and every weekend. Through the three E’s of safety – engineering, education and enforcement, SHA and partner organizations are working together to keep Ocean City streets safe. Coastal Highway (MD 528) is a major highway that carries six lanes of traffic – more cars, more feet, more bicycles in a single summer month than it does during all the nine months of fall, winter and spring.

When driving:

  • Stop for all pedestrians in crosswalks – this is Maryland law.
  • Slow down – watch for pedestrians and yield to pedestrians when turning.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. It’s illegal to text and use hand held devices while driving.
  • Stay alert and avoid all distractions.
  • Share the road with bicycles and give three feet of space when passing.


When riding a bicycle in Ocean City, here are a few tips …

When riding a bicycle, you are considered a vehicle and must obey traffic laws.  Below are some helpful tips to keep you safe while riding your bike in Ocean City:

  • You MUST stop at all red lights and stop signs
  • Ride in the direction of traffic on the road:
    • When going north, ride on the northbound side
    • When going south, ride on the southbound side
  • You MAY NOT ride on a sidewalk – it is illegal and dangerous
  • Ride sober – You MAY NOT ride a bicycle while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Avoid distractions and pay attention – You MAY NOT carry anything that prevents you from keeping both hands on the handlebars and you MAY NOTwear a headset or earplugs that cover both ears.
  • You MUST use a lamp when riding after dark
  • You MAY NOT allow someone to ride on the handlebars … one person per seat

Required Equipment:

  • A lamp is REQUIRED on the front of a bicycle when people and vehicles are not clearly visible at 1,000 feet
  • A red reflector is REQUIRED on the rear of the bicycle when people and vehicles are not clearly visible at 1,000 feet




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