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Be Safe - Walking or Biking

Posted by Administrator on 10/1/2014

Avoid tragic accidents and take extra care when walking or biking, especially at night. 

There are many ways you can safe, so check out this the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center:

Make yourself visible to drivers

    • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
    • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
    • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
    • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Avoid dangerous behaviors

    • Walk facing traffic.
    • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
    • Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
    • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the road.
    • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

Be careful at crossings

    • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
    • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
    • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
    • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
    • Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
    • Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing
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