Past Street Smart Tips

Each month of the spring, summer and fall, the Engineering and Police departments will remind street users of ways to be safe and respectful of others.

In October, the message was "Have a Back-up Plan"

Safety tips include:

  • Motorists and reminded that bicycles, and the people who drive them, come in all shapes and sizes. When backing out of a driveway, drivers should always look to see if someone is riding in the path or approaching on a sidewalk. Pedestrians and children on small bikes might be hard to see. Drive slowly and look carefully.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to be alert and watch for vehicles backing out of driveways and parking spots.

In September, the message was "To the Left, To the Left"

Safety tips include:

  • Motorists are reminded to look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are crossing straight through the same intersection in the opposite direction may be going faster than you think. 
  • Like operators of all vehicles, bicyclists must obey right-of-way laws and be alert when proceeding through an intersection. Make eye contact, if possible, with oncoming motorists who may be turning left in front of you.

In August, the message was "Show the Right Behavior"

Safety tips for motorists include:

  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists when you are turning right. A bicyclist may well be to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection.
  • Do not speed ahead of the bicyclist thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. The cyclist may be going faster than you think and, as you slow to make the turn, the cyclist may not be able to avoid crashing into the passenger side of your vehicle.

Safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians include:

  • Watch for right-turning vehicles at intersections. Make eye contact with motorists if possible to be sure that they see you.

In July, the message was "'Patience, not Patients' on Local Streets."

Motorists: Patience, especially on the road, is a virtue, and can save lives. Your patience may involve:

  • Waiting until it is safe to pass a bicycle and refraining from tailgating.
  • Giving cyclists the right of way when the situation calls for it.
  • Allowing extra time for cyclists and pedestrians to go through intersections.
  • Recognizing road hazards that may be dangerous for cyclists and giving cyclists the necessary space to deal with them. In conditions where there is not enough room for a cyclist to ride to the right, they are allowed to ride closer to the lane of traffic, and sometimes even in the lane of traffic.
  • Stop in advance of a stop sign, stop line or crosswalk and yield to pedestrians.

Bicyclists: You are on a vehicle, too! Your patience may involve:

  • Obeying traffic laws, including at stop signs and traffic signals.
  • Yielding to pedestrians on sidewalks, at crosswalks and walking along the roadway.

Pedestrians: You are the most vulnerable users of our streets. Your patience may involve:

  • Following traffic control signals at all intersections.
  • Using a marked crosswalk when available when crossing a roadway.
  • Exercising care for your own safety even when you have the right-of-way.

In June, the message was "Show Some Respect."

Safety tips include:

  • Bicyclists have a rightful spot on the road, and even the sidewalk.
  • Do not resent bicyclists.
  • Replace frustration with a smile every time you see a bicyclist.
  • Motorists and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

In May, the message was "You're Different, but Equal. Follow the Law."

Safety tips for motorists include:

  • Expect and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians on the road.
  • Treat bicyclists as you would any slow-moving vehicle.

Safety tips for bicyclists include:

  • Obey traffic signals and stop signs.
  • Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
  • Signal your turns.
  • Ride no more than two abreast in a single lane, but do not impede normal and reasonable movement of traffic while doing so.

In April, the message was “Be Predictable. Be Visible.”

Safety tips for motorists include:

  • Don’t pass a cyclist until you can safely do so.
  • Allow ample space between your vehicle and the bicycle.
  • Expect and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians on the road.
  • Treat bicyclists as you would any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Wait until it is safe to pass a bicycle.
  • Refrain from tailgating.
  • Give cyclists the right of way when the situation calls for it.
  • Allow extra time for cyclists and pedestrians to go through intersections.
  • Recognize road hazards that may be dangerous for cyclists and give cyclists the necessary space to deal with them. (In conditions where there is not enough room for a cyclist to ride to the right, they are allowed to ride closer to the lane of traffic, and sometimes even in the lane of traffic.)
  • Stop in advance of a stop sign, stop line or crosswalk and yield to pedestrians.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists when you are turning right - a bicyclist may be well to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection.
  • Do not speed ahead of the bicyclist thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. The cyclist may be going faster than you think and, as you slow to make the turn, the cyclist may not be able to avoid crashing into the passenger side of your vehicle.
  • Also look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are crossing straight through the same intersection in the opposite direction may be going faster than you think.

Safety tips for bicyclists include:

  • Make your intentions clear.
  • Ride in a straight line.
  • Don’t swerve between parked cars.
  • Signal turns.
  • Check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
  • Ride where people can see you.
  • Wear bright colors.
  • Use lights and reflectors when visibility is poor and at night.
  • Make eye contact with others.
  • Slow down and yield to pedestrians if you choose to ride on the sidewalk.
  • Obey traffic laws, including traffic signals and stop signs.
  • Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
  • Signal your turns.
  • Ride no more than two abreast in a single lane, but do not impede normal and reasonable movement of traffic while doing so.
  • Yield to pedestrians on sidewalks, at crosswalks and walking along the roadway.
  • Watch out for right-turning vehicles at intersections. 
  • Make eye contact with motorists, if possible, to make sure they see you.
  • Like operators of all vehicles, obey right-of-way law and be alert when proceeding through an intersection.
  • Make eye contact, if possible, with oncoming motorists who may be turning left in front of you.

Safety tips for pedestrians include:

  • Use the sidewalk.
  • If there isn’t one, walk on the left side of the roadway (when practicable), facing traffic.
  • Follow traffic control signals at all intersections.
  • Use a marked crosswalk when available when crossing a roadway.
  • Exercise care for your own safety even when you have the right-of-way.
  • Watch out for right-turning vehicles at intersections. Make eye contact, if possible, to be sure they can see you.

Cross at intersections or marked crosswalks when not at an intersection.

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