Safety Tips Bicycles and Pedestrians
Ohio is adding bike lanes as more and more bicyclists take to the streets. ODOT has invested $118 million in bike and pedestrian projects since 2002.
Be a SAFE Bicyclist
- Obey all traffic laws – bicycles are vehicles; drive your bike accordingly
- Ride with traffic.
- Wear a properly fitted helmet.
- Keep your bike in working order, before riding, always check the tires and brakes.
- Signal turns.
- Ride respectfully – single file if necessary, allowing cars to pass when it is safe.
- Be predictable – don’t pass stopped or moving cars on the right.
- Use head and taillights at night – it’s the law. Wear something light and bright such as a yellow or orange reflective vest.
- Respect pedestrians, adults – do not ride on sidewalks.
- Do not ride in the “door zone” to avoid getting hit by a parked car’s opening door.
Be a SAFE Pedestrian
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Walk on sidewalks or designated paths.
- Cross in crosswalks and at marked intersections at the light.
- Check for turning vehicles when crossing, especially those making wide right turns.
- Walk facing oncoming traffic in the berm when there are no sidewalks.
- Be aware of blind spots on cars, trucks and buses.
- Allow space and time for trucks, cars, motorcycles and bicyclists to stop.
- Wear something light and bright such as a yellow or orange reflective vest, and carry a flashlight for night walks.
- Watch for cars when crossing driveways
- Make eye contact with drivers.