Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2009

Walkers, riders need to safely share streets

March 19, 2009

Now that daylight-saving time is in full swing, the days are longer and soon to be warmer, and we all need to start thinking about sharing the road with bicyclists and pedestrians; especially here in the city of Basehor where the roads are narrow, and sidewalks are not always available.

A majority of bicycle and pedestrian activity occurs on streets and virtually all motor vehicle use is on streets. When these modes of travel conflict with one another, the cause is almost always human error, and personal injury is inevitable. Some of the most common errors that occur for all modes of travel are inattentiveness, impatience and failure to use due caution.

Motorists should keep in mind that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles, but they are less visible, quieter and don’t have the same protective barriers around them. Whether you’re on a mission to get from point A to point B on foot, on a bicycle, or in your vehicle, be respectful of everyone’s rights to the roadway. Motorists should focus on driving, avoid using cell phones, keep your eyes on cyclists and pedestrians, don’t use your horn, and please slow down. Pedestrians should always cross streets in crosswalks, make eye contact with drivers when on the road, use sidewalks when possible and walk against traffic. Bicyclists should ride with the flow of traffic, obey all traffic laws, wear visible clothing, wear a helmet and ride single file whenever possible.

We all walk, bike and drive. Let’s all learn to share the road, and have a safe and enjoyable spring and summer.


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