The “Share the Road Sugar Land” program is an educational series focusing on specific aspects of road safety within our city. It is a call to all who use our city's roads and sidewalks whether in a vehicle, on a bike, or on foot to utilize a few basic safety tips. The goal is to raise awareness on how together, we can make our roads safer for all.
For any questions regarding the Share the Road program call 281-275-2226
In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed a statewide no texting and driving law. In addition to this law, Sugar Land encourages motorists to put the phone down while driving for any reason.
The three-foot rule is a best practice of road safety that necessitates a motorist to stay at least three feet away from a “vulnerable road user;” this includes bicyclists, pedestrians/runners, road workers, and stranded motorist to name a few. If the motorist is driving a commercial vehicle the distance increases from 3 feet to 6 feet.
Motorists must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, and motorists are prohibited from entering a crosswalk when a pedestrian is crossing the street.
Pedestrians are to utilize sidewalks and not walk in the street unless no sidewalk is provided. In that instance, pedestrians should walk against traffic so they are seen, and so they can see oncoming traffic.
Bicyclists must follow the same rules and laws as any motorist on the street. When a bicycle lane is available the bicyclist should utilize that lane.
This segment is designed to increase sidewalk safety whether riding a bicycle, jogging, or walking on the sidewalk, or on one of our many hike and bike trails located within the city.
Runners should utilize sidewalks unless no sidewalk is available. At that time the runner should run on the shoulder of the roadway, or as close to the edge of the road as possible and run against traffic.
Motorists should be mindful of all pedestrians as well as bicyclists. They should pay attention while driving and remove distractions such as mobile devices. They should yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and be careful of pedestrians in the roadway when a sidewalk is not available. When sharing the roadway with a bicyclist, motorists should pass with caution giving the bicyclist at least three feet of clearance. When the bicyclist is in a dedicated bicycle lane, the motorist should pass with care and be mindful of making a right hand turn in front of them. It is the responsibility of the motorist to ensure that they have enough clearance so the bicyclist will not run into them.
When an emergency vehicle (Police, Fire, or EMS) has activated their overhead lights all vehicle must yield to the emergency vehicle. Motorist must immediately start reducing their speed, pull to the right hand side of the roadway as far as possible, and completely stop if necessary. Once the emergency vehicle has passed, the motorist may safely re-enter the roadway when it is safe to do so. Motorist should stay at least 500 feet behind an emergency vehicle when the overhead emergency lights are activated.
When a school bus is stopped for the entry or exit of passengers, it is unlawful to pass that bus until the red flashing lights are off.