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Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety
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.
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.
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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