Resuming Spring Traveling Safety Alert: See & Be Seen, ODOT Says (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue highlighting some essential safety tips to keep in mind whether you are a motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian. While the first part of this series presented some Spring traveling safety tips for drivers, below, we’ll spotlight some tips that are specifically geared towards bicycle riders and pedestrians.
ODOT Spring Traveling Safety Tips for Cyclists
Ride with traffic – Riding in the same direction as the flow of traffic will not only help you be seen when riding bicycles, but it’s also the law.
- Use bike lanes – When and where available, be sure to ride in specially designated bicycle lanes. If these lanes are not available, proceed alongside the slowest lane of traffic and comply with all traffic laws.
- Wear the right gear – This refers the right protective and reflective gear and, specifically, helmets and reflectors so that motorists on the road can see you at all times.
- Be alert and predictable – While cyclists (like motorists) should do their best to stay focused on navigating the roadways (rather than, for instance, talking on phones), they should also try to keep their movements/actions predictable for other drivers and signal well before making any moves.
ODOT Spring Traveling Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Always look before proceeding – Even when the light is green and you have the right-of-way as a pedestrian, do NOT assume that vehicles will stop for you. Instead, make sure that you look left, right and then left again before proceeding, and continue to remain vigilant about potential approaching traffic until you have made it all the way across the street.
- Cut out the distractions – Cellphones and other electronic devices can be just as distracting to motorists as they can be to pedestrians. So, be sure to put away your electronic devices and remain alert. While you may need your eyes to see vehicles that haven’t complied with red lights or stop signs, your ears can be just as helpful to detecting potential dangers. So free up your senses to keep yourself safe as you walk along roads.
- Make yourself visible – Wear bright clothing and, when it is darker or nighttime, wear reflectors so that drivers can see you.
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