Important Safety Reminders
By Bob Colichio
Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks
in most situations. Pedestrian need to be especially careful at intersections where the failure to yield right-of-way
often occurs when drivers are turning onto another street and a pedestrian is in their path.
When possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk. Always stop and look left, right, and left again before
crossing. If a parked vehicle is blocking the view of the street, stop at the edge line of the vehicle and look around
it before entering the street.
Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing that helps
to highlight body movement.
It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective
way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.
Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle
operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride
in the same direction as traffic.
Drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists. Be courteous – allow at least three feet clearance
when passing a bicyclist on the road, look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space,
and yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals. Be especially watchful for cyclists when making
turns, either left or right.
Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day,
dawn, and dusk. To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use
retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.
Last Modified: May 26, 2010
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