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Pedestrian safety is a two-way street

Post Date:04/08/2019 12:56 PM

Safety on public roadways is a two-way street, no matter the mode of transportation.

We all share a responsibility to share the road. Everyone – young and old, pedestrians and motorists– has a duty to stay alert and engaged while traveling our community’s thoroughfares.   

So whether you’re starting up the car for your commute to work, hitting the bike paths for exercise, or simply heading outdoors for a little fresh air, please keep these safety tips in mind.

Pedestrians

  • Use sidewalks wherever possible. If sidewalks aren’t available, walk single-file or no more than two abreast as far to the side of the road as possible and walk against traffic.
  • Before crossing the street at a designated crosswalk, make eye contact with motorists.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing for increased visibility. Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Pay attention! Always watch where you are going and don’t let cell phones, fitness trackers or other devices distract you.

Motorists

  • Be mindful of your speed and the speed limit, especially in residential areas where children and pedestrians are more common.
  • Use extra caution when driving near intersections, crosswalks, playgrounds, schools, parks, places of worship and residential neighborhoods.
  • Obey all traffic laws, use turn signals and headlights, and avoid rushing. It’s always a good idea to plan extra time for your commute.
  • Give three feet! Per Ohio House Bill 154, passed 2017, drivers are required by law to give cyclists a minimum of three feet of space when passing on the roads.

Cyclists

  • Always wear a bike helmet. This goes for children and adults.
  • Ride in a predictable manner – avoid sudden turns or swerving.
  • Use appropriate hand signals to indicate lane changes and turns at intersections.
  • Stop means stop! Cyclists are obligated to follow all traffic rules, just like a motor vehicle.

Mutual respect, common sense and following the rules of the road are the basic tools required for all to enjoy and active and safe lifestyle.

For more pedestrian safety tips, watch: https://vimeo.com/103737066 

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