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WARMER WEATHER BRINGS REMINDERS ON SHARING THE ROADWAY

Post Date:03/19/2019 1:40 PM

WARMER WEATHER BRINGS REMINDERS ON SHARING THE ROADWAY

The arrival of springtime weather means more Victorians will be out on the streets walking and cycling. With the increase in non-motorized travelers comes a reminder from the Victoria Police Department that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians all have rights and responsibilities in sharing roadways.

Traffic Safety Officer Branden Allen reminds motorists to treat bicyclists as you would other drivers.

  • Pass bicyclists as you would vehicles. When it’s safe, move over into an adjacent lane. Do not pass too closely.

  • Check mirrors even before making a right hand turn.  Signal your intention to turn so if a cyclist is coming up on the right, he has advance warning of the turn.

Traffic Safety Officer Phillip Garcia added bicyclists and pedestrians have responsibilities, too. “Ride and walk with safety in mind,” he said.

  • Ride defensively. Assume drivers cannot see you.   

  • Bicyclists must obey street signs, signals, and road markings.

  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic.

  • Bicyclists should not allow themselves to be distracted by music, an electronic device, or anything else that takes their eyes off the road.  

  • Avoid riding on sidewalks when possible to protect pedestrians using the sidewalks. Sidewalks can end abruptly, unexpectedly forcing cyclists into traffic.

Traffic Safety Officer Bryan Knief noted that pedestrians should also follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. “The rules of the road are there to protect the walker,” he said.

  • Only cross streets at crosswalks when they available

  • If there is no crosswalk, cross at a well-lit place in the road where drivers can best see you.

  • If walking at dusk, night and early in the morning, wear brightly colored or reflective clothing and always remain alert to vehicles on the roadway.

  • On roadways where there are no sidewalks, the law requires pedestrians to walk facing traffic.