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Walking & Biking Tips

Recreation

Posted Oct 19, 2021

We are seeing increasing numbers of residents walking and biking on our roads. A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians
follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other. Please see below for some tips on sharing the road!

Tips for Pedestrian Safety

  • If the road has no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Be seen – wear bright or reflective clothing.
  • Make a plan – look for the safest route with less traffic, slower speeds, more lighting, and sidewalks.
  • Always cross at intersections. Look left, then right, then left again before proceeding.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • As a passenger, get in or out of a car on the curb side of the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
  • Avoid all distractions, such as cell phones and ear buds or other electronics
  • Follow the traffic rules, signs and signals
  • Be aware of vehicles around you

Tips for Bicyclists Safety

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet to reduce the chances of head injury and death.
  • Always check brakes and tires before riding.
  • Make it easier for drivers to see you by wearing light colors or reflective clothing.
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Pay attention to lane markers
  • Ride near the curb, traveling in the same direction as traffic
  • Use a light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the back of your bike while riding at night
  • Remember to use proper signals when you want to stop or turn. For a left
    turn, stretch out your left arm to the left; for a right turn stretch
    out your right arm to the right, or stretch out your left arm and make a
    90 degree angle up with your elbow . For a stop, hold your left arm
    downward.

Tips for Drivers, Share the Road

  • Be on the lookout for cyclists or pedestrians on the highway, especially at intersections.
  • If you are passing a bicyclist, move to another lane if possible and give them plenty of room.
  • Watch for bicyclists who may need to maneuver around potholes and debris.
  • Make eye contact with pedestrians or bicyclists before turning.
  • Follow posted speed limits.
  • Give the pedestrian the right of way.
  • Be alert in school zones, bus drop-off and pickup areas, or play grounds.
  • Give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.
  • Designate a safe spot for school pick-up.

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