Whether you’re a lifelong resident of Las Vegas or are just visiting, you may have some questions and concerns about how to get around town. With so many tourists, traffic is often a mess. A parking space can be hard to come by. So is it better to get around town on foot?
That depends on how long it takes to walk to your destination. The Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles long and runs from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere. At an average walking rate of 0.3 miles per hour, it would take you almost 90 minutes to get across the Strip—and that’s if you don’t stop along the way.
The Strip is very busy. There are typically around 37,000 cars in the area. The sidewalks alone see up to 41,000 people per hour during peak times. However, the sidewalks are pedestrian-friendly, so there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a stroll and take a look around at the various attractions.
If you’re a first-time visitor to The Strip, walking is a great way to see all the attractions up close. Instead of speeding by in a taxi or on a monorail, you can stop and spend time at the various casinos, restaurants and shops.
If you do plan to walk on The Strip, however, you need to be prepared. You shouldn’t be trying to get around in high heels. Wear comfortable tennis shoes instead.
Bring plenty of water as well. Las Vegas gets very hot, with triple-digit temperatures the norm in the summer. You may want to check the weather ahead of time and avoid walking too much if the weather is going to be too hot.
Take a map of The Strip with you and plan to stop along the way to eat and get refreshments. Be careful when crossing intersections. Don’t jaywalk; use crosswalks and pedestrian overpasses instead.
Sometimes walking too far can be hard, especially if you are limited in your mobility. If you’re going to be visiting numerous attractions in one day or going back and forth a lot, you’re going to get tired quickly. Also, if your time in Las Vegas will be limited and you want to see as much as possible, there are faster ways to get around The Strip.
To get up and down The Strip quickly, consider the monorail. The Las Vegas Monorail takes passengers from SLS Las Vegas to the MGM Grand. There are seven stops along the way. You can get a day-long pass for $12.
There are several trams to consider as well. The Mirage-Treasure Island Tram runs every 15 minutes. The Bellagio-CityCenter-Monte Carlo Tram runs every seven minutes. The Mandalay Bay-Excalibur Tram has trains leaving every 3-7 minutes. Each ride is fairly quick, lasting no longer than seven minutes.
You can also choose to take a taxi. However, due to safety laws, you cannot hail a cab directly on the Las Vegas Strip. However, you can still find taxi stands at shopping centers, hotels and attractions. If you can’t find one for some reason, you can always call to have one pick you up.
Whether you walk, take a taxi or ride a tram or monorail, remember that an accident can happen at any time. A crash can cause you to suffer serious injuries. Because of this, it’s important to know where to find the closest medical facility.
Time is of the essence when seeking medical care after an accident. Therefore, residents and tourists alike should be able to locate a hospital or doctor’s office quickly.
If you live in Las Vegas and your injuries are relatively minor, then it may make sense to contact your doctor’s office and make an appointment. However, if you are a tourist, then you should get checked out at an urgent care clinic if your injuries are not too serious. If you have broken bones, breathing difficulties, heartbeat irregularities or injuries to the head, neck or back, seek medical care at the emergency room of the closest hospital.
Traffic on the Las Vegas Strip is dangerous. In fact, Las Vegas is the sixth most dangerous metropolitan area for auto-pedestrian fatalities. While walking is a great form of exercise, it puts you at risk for an injury accident.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at Ladah Law Firm. We are familiar with Las Vegas roadways and have the experience and knowledge to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call today at 702-252-0055.