Sidewalks

TeachableMomentWhile sidewalks are generally intended for use by pedestrians, in most cases bicyclists are allowed to use them as well. Bicyclists need to yield the right of way to pedestrians on sidewalks; however, pedestrians must be alert to decrease their risk of collision. Bicyclists should notify pedestrians of their intention to pass through an audible signal, so pedestrians should always be listening for approaching bicycles.They must always pass on the left.

 

Teachable moment

When walking with their children, parents should talk to them about the safest way to interact with the motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians observed.

The Safe Routes to School program assists localities, schools, and non-profit groups with developing plans, activities, and infrastructure improvements that encourage and enable children to walk or bike to school. www.saferoutesinfo.org

Motorists

RightofWay

Motorists should yield right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists and look for them when turning across sidewalks, into driveways, or across crosswalks. By law, motorists must approach and pass a bicyclist at a reasonable speed at least three feet to the left of the bicyclist.