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Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

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CHP: Bicycle Riding
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CHP: Skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters
CHP: Skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters

Safely walk and bike to school

  • Always cross the street at a cross walk, preferable at an intersection controlled by a traffic light or stop sign.
  • Make eye contact with drivers as you are crossing to make sure they see you.
  • Always look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  • Cross when the street is clear; do not enter a crosswalk until all traffic has stopped.
  • Keep looking both ways while crossing. Walk, don’t run.
  • Always use a sidewalk if available.
  • Walk on the side of the street so the traffic nearest you is coming toward you.
  • Carry a flashlight at night, dawn and dusk. Wear reflective materials or add reflective tape to backpacks and shoes.
  • Bike on the side of the street in the same direction as car traffic.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Use bike lanes, if available.

Drive Safely

Drivers, too, need to exercise extreme caution around our schools.

Please review the following safety tips:

  • Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.
  • Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving.
  • Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing-up, especially small children.
  • Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
  • Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
  • Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.

Bicycling on the Road

Learn the rules of the road, and obey all traffic laws.

  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against. Stay as far to the right as possible.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stop lights.
  • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.

Be Predictable.

Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.

Stay Alert at All Times.

  • Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
  • Use your eyes AND ears. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.

Watch for Parked Cars.

Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).


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