MADISON, Wis. -

The growing number of people outside because of warmer weather is leading to an increase in reports of vehicles nearly striking pedestrians in Madison.

Madison’s Traffic Engineering and Parking Department said some of the near misses have occurred on neighborhood business streets, like Monroe Street and Williamson Street.

Motorists are asked to be careful when traffic slows or stops and to figure out why the traffic slowed or stopped before passing. City officials said many pedestrian crashes occur when a pedestrian steps out from in front of a stopped vehicle as another driver is trying to pass.

Pedestrians are also asked to walk defensively and not to assume that motorists are watching them.