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We all share the responsibility to keep our roadways safe. To save lives, we have to watch out for each other!
Driver Safety Tips
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks; it is the law!
- Speed kills! Obey all speed limits. A pedestrian hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed. At 20 mph the risk is reduced to 5%.
- Avoid distracted driving, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Stay alert and share the road.
- Give bikes at least four feet when it is safe to do so.
- Don’t rely on eye contact to confirm that a cyclist or pedestrian sees you. They might not. It’s safer to assume they don’t see you.
Walking/Rolling Safety Tips
- Use sidewalks whenever possible.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far from the roadway as you can.
- Be bright at night with reflective gear and flashlights.
- Limit distractions and impairment while navigating roadways.
- Cross in well-lit areas with the best view of traffic.
- At a bus stop: cross behind the bus or in the crosswalk.
- Watch for cars, bikes and other vehicles – because they might not be watching for you.
Biking Safety Tips
- Follow the rules of the road as though you were a car.
- Be predictable and use hand signals.
- Ride in the same direction as vehicle traffic.
- Wear a helmet correctly on every ride to help prevent head injury. Helmets work only if you wear them correctly.
- Ride as far to the right as is safe. If there’s no bike lane, ride in the travel lane when necessary for your safety.
- Be bright at night with reflective gear and bike lights.