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    Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Tips

    Reminders for Pedestrians
    Reminders for Bicyclists
    Reminders for Drivers
    Key Information


    Pedestrians are reminded to:

    • Walk on the side of the road as far to the left as possible or on a paved shoulder AGAINST oncoming traffic where there are no sidewalks;
    • Cross the street at an intersection or designated crosswalk when possible and always stop, look left, right, and left again before crossing. Do not rely solely on pedestrian traffic signals;
    • Come to the edge of a parked vehicle, stop and look both ways if it's blocking the view of the street before entering the street. This is also recommended before crossing in front of a stopped vehicle at an intersection if there are additional lanes traveling in the same direction;
    • Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you;
    • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up;
    • Be vigilant in parking lots, especially when accompanying small children;
    • Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing light-colored or reflective clothing that highlights body movements.

    Bicyclists should:

    • Always ride WITH other traffic;
    • Obey the rules of the road as any other vehicle operator, including all traffic signs, lane markings and signals, and use hand signals to indicate turns, slowing or stopping;
    • Wear bicycle helmets and reflective clothing;
    • Stay as far to the right as practical when riding in traffic lanes;
    • Not ride more than two abreast in a single lane, so long as it does not interfere with the normal flow of vehicular traffic;
    • Avoid entering the roadway without first stopping to look for vehicles;
    • Ride predictably and defensively, and do not ride while drunk or distracted;
    • Always yield to pedestrians;
    • Have a white front headlight and a red rear reflector if riding after dark or in low light conditions.

    Drivers should:

    • Look out for and always yield the right-of-way to people walking, jogging, biking, etc.;
    • Pull out slowly from driveways and parking areas while watching for vulnerable road users, including children and others on the sidewalk or nearby pathways;
    • Stop fully before turning at driveways and intersections to make sure you do not cut off pedestrians or approaching bicyclists with right of way;
    • Never turn right immediately after passing a cyclist - wait until the cyclist has completed the trip through the intersection;
    • Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks, as they may be allowing a pedestrian to cross the street;
    • Yield to anyone crossing the street when turning left on a green light;
    • Watch for surprising changes in direction, especially by children or cyclists avoiding road hazards.
    • When parallel parked, check for approaching cyclists before opening your door;
    • Leave sufficient space when passing vulnerable road users and take every possible precaution to avoid collision.

    Key Information

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