A heterogeneous traffic mix that includes high-speed vehicles sharing the road space with vulnerable road users as well as unsafe road infrastructure and vehicles that are in poor condition all contribute to the high fatality rates seen on Didim's roads.
Use Pavements and Designated Bus Stops
As a pedestrian you are not protected by law if you’re not walking on a pavement. Therefore, avoid walking on the streets and only get off the bus when it has reached a designated stop.
Use Pedestrian Crossings, Overpasses and Underpasses
Don’t imitate the locals. You’ll see them swerve while crossing the street narrowly avoiding upcoming traffic. Don’t try this yourself! Instead use the pedestrian crossings, overpasses and underpasses, even if this means making a small detour.
Also keep in mind that pedestrian crossings without traffic lights are treated as street ornaments. Unlike what you may be used to at home, in Istanbul cars will not stop to let you cross the street. Wait for traffic to pass or cars to stop before you try to cross the street. Be patient, you’re on holiday after all.
Don’t Blindly Trust Traffic Lights
When the pedestrian traffic light turns green, first reassure yourself traffic has indeed come to a standstill before crossing the street.
When the pedestrian traffic light is about to turn red, don’t attempt to quickly make it to the other side of the street. Some drivers jump or anticipate the green light and you may be left standing in the middle of the street — an unfamiliar and very uncomfortable place to be.