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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for All Ages

In the age of COVID, more and more people are choosing activities that get them out of the house and into nature. Walking, Running, and Cycling are hobbies that have increased in numbers since sheltering in place started.

But bicycles and pedestrians don't come with airbags.

This is why it's critical for everyone; drivers, walkers and bikers alike - to learn about proper safety measures and rules of the road.

How to Cycle More Safely

Unlike driving a car, there's no license or test for riding a bicycle on the roads. (However, you can find out where you can take a bicycle safety course in the USA here: Find & Take a Class - The League of American Bicyclist)

When you're a kid, you probably don't think twice about hopping on your bike and riding around your neighborhood or town. It's important to start educating bikers, especially at a young age, about the laws of the road and how to cycle safely.

  • Obey traffic signs, signals and lights. Always cycle in the same direction as the traffic.
  • Ride where you can be seen, but don't hug the curb too closely.
  • Make sure you wear bright colors, have reflective clothing, and front and back reflectors on your bike.
  • If it will be dark out when you are riding your bike, get a bike light.
  • Never let another rider sit on the handle bars or bike pegs. One person per bike!
  • You must obey the street signs, stop lights, and road markings, just as if you were driving a car.
  • Signal clearly to other road users when you are turning, and make eye contact with others at intersections so you know they have seen you.
  • Ride with the same direction as traffic.
  • Every bike ride should start with putting your helmet on.
  • When passing pedestrians, make sure you announce yourself and say 'passing on your left or right' or use a bell to make others aware of your presence.
  • Make sure your bike is properly fitted for you. You don't want a bike that is too big or too small for you!
  • Never car large packages that could get in your way. If you must carry something, wear backpack or get a bike basket.
  • Walk your bicycle through crosswalks or across busy streets.

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Bike Smart (PDF)

Bicycle Helmet Laws by State

Parent Information for Bicycle Safety (PDF)

Bicycle Safety Issues

Traffic Safety Facts for Bicyclists and Other Cyclists (PDF)

Focus on Bike Safety

Smart Cycling

Bicycle Statutes, Laws and Codes

Bicycle Education and Training

Bike Safety

How to be a Safe Pedestrian

Did You Know That a Pedestrian is Killed or Injured Every seven minutes?

  • Always use a crosswalk if they are available.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and continue looking until you are safely across the road.
  • Make eye contact with drivers so you know they see you.
  • Be patient - wait for the "walk" sign to change and never try to rush to 'beat' the sign from changing.
  • Make sure you are alert and aware of vehicles that might be backing up or making illegal u-turns.
  • Avoid distractions: Put your cell phone down. Turn your music down and remove your headphones. The more alert you are the better!

What can Cities do to Increase Safety for Pedestrians?:

  • Reducing speed limits and the number of lanes pedestrians cross can drastically help pedestrians stay safe.

Encourage and Promote Safe Walking

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Pedestrians and bicyclists

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Tips for Pedestrian Safety

Department of Public Safety - Pedestrian Safety Tips

19 Pedestrian Safety Tips for Drivers

Resources for Bicycle Safety and Pedestrian Safety

Authored by Jonathan Rosenfeld