Motorists, cyclists, and walkers have important responsibilities when traveling within public rights of way. Before you head out, check out these important walking and biking safety tips.
Rules of the Road
Bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Here are some suggested rules to follow while on the road:
Follow the Law. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane heading the direction you are going.
Be predictable. Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Share the Road Learn how to avoid accidents and make roadways, intersections and crosswalks safer for all users.
Be Conspicuous. Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light and a rear red light and reflectors.
Think Ahead. Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other people on bikes will do next. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards.
Ride Ready. Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, and chain runs smoothly.
Driving and Walking Safely
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time or another most people are either a driver or a pedestrian. Watch these two informative videos and learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking - or, if driving, learn more about safety around pedestrians and bicyclists.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bike to school.