Traffic Safety

Bike and Pedestrian Safety

 






May is National Bike Month, a celebration to encourage bicycle riding. Read more about this on the Bike and Walk page.

Warmer and drier weather means more people out walking and biking in the community. Slow down and share the road. Many neighborhood and rural roads do not have sidewalks or bicycle lanes. Drivers must use caution and be alert for other travelers. Equestrians, bicyclists and pedestrians are vulnerable users who have a legal right to use public roads.

Bicycle riders should keep to the far right of the travel lane, if there are no bike lanes, but can move to the center of the lane to avoid hazards or unsafe conditions or if the lane is too narrow to share side by side with a vehicle. Otherwise bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey traffic laws as motorists. Be alert and use clear hand signals with ample warning to communicate with other travelers.

Pedestrians who enter the road way must be given right of way. Remember, every intersection is a potential crossing point for pedestrians, and other travelers must stop to allow pedestrians to cross the road. Pedestrians should cross at intersections whenever possible, be alert for all vehicles and only step out once they have come to a complete stop.

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What do traffic engineers, road maintenance workers, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, deputy sheriffs and firefighters have in common? A concern for public safety. And traffic safety is a huge component of public safety.

Our goal is to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from road traffic collisions. Contributing factors to road traffic crashes are related to the driver, the vehicle, the pedestrian, the bicyclist and the road itself. 

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What officials can do…

Traffic engineers refer to the 3 E's: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement.

  • Engineering tools include road design, pavement markings, warning and regulatory signs, and traffic calming devices, along with all the engineering that goes into the design and manufacture of vehicles.
  • Education informs people through driver's education classes, media safety campaigns, signage, speed watch programs, and school and neighborhood meetings.
  • Enforcement techniques include Sheriff's Office warnings and citations, along with radar trailers, speed display signs and radar reader boards.