Safety Tips for People Walking, People on Bikes, and People Driving Cars

Safety Tips for People Walking

  • If you have to walk on a road without sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  • Always cross at an intersection, and preferably in a marked crosswalk.
  • Avoid wearing headphones or using your phone when crossing the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you.
  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if walking at night. Consider carrying a flashlight.
  • Always hold your child’s hand and never allow a child under 10 to cross the street alone.
  • Look in front and behind, as well as both ways when crossing the street.
  • Watch for traffic the entire time you are crossing a street.
  • Be aware of turning vehicles.
  • Do not cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks.
  • Never walk behind a vehicle that is backing up.
  • Don’t start walking if you see a flashing DON’T WALK SIGNAL.
  • Wait for the WALK signal to cross the street safely.

Safety Tips for People on Bikes

  • Wear a snug fitting helmet.
  • Be sure to be seen by wearing bright colors and reflective clothing.
  • Use lights and reflectors at night.
  • Ride with traffic.
  • Use bike lanes or use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
  • Stay visible. 
  • Make your turns from the turn lanes.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Use hand signals for turning or stopping.
  • Respect the right of way of others.
  • Be aware of cars and pedestrians.

Safety Tips for People Driving Cars

  • Slow down and watch for children in school zones
  • Pay attention.
  • Stay off the phone. 
  • Check for cyclists before you open your car door. 
  • Remember, you may encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere.
  • Reduce your speed and always watch for kids and pets in neighborhoods.
  • Maintain a consistent speed and keep a buffer zone between your vehicle and other cars.
  • Stop for pedestrians crossing the street.
  • Adjust mirror, seats and other controls before driving off.
  • Keep your attention focused on the road, not your passengers.
  • Don’t eat or drink while driving.
  • Be courteous - slow down and allow others to merge.
  • Always stop at stop signs.
  • Respect the right of way of others, especially cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Slow down when you see a yellow light.
  • Always use your turn signals and check for bicyclists before turning.
  • When you pass a cyclist, allow three feet of space between your car and the bike. 
  • Don’t assume pedestrians see you or that they will act predictably.