Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, more people are riding their bikes or going out for walks while practicing social distancing. Your Traffic Safety Team wants you to stay safe during this time by following these pedestrian and bicyclist safety tips!
With so many people heading outdoors for a bike ride, motorists – please ALWAYS WATCH for bicyclists on the road. Bicyclists, wear bright colors or reflective gear so you are visible.
Walking is the perfect social distancing activity! Lace up and get moving, but be sure to SEE and BE SEEN. Make eye contact with drivers. Drivers, please look in all directions for people on foot!
It’s important when riding your bicycle to be predictable. Use sidewalks and cross where it is legal. Drivers, phone down, eyes up.
Going for a walk is a great way to get fresh air and keep from going stir-crazy, while practicing social distancing. Look left, right, and left again for traffic. Drivers, please drive with care as more people hit the pavement than usual.
In addition to staying 6 feet away from others on your walks, don’t forget to walk defensively and be prepared for the unexpected. Drivers, please remember to focus on driving and eliminate distractions.
The groceries stores are open, and many restaurants are open for take-out. This means busy parking lots – some that have even been modified with cones/tents for curbside pick-up. Be careful – these areas can be more dangerous than streets! Drivers, please proceed with caution and be on the lookout for pedestrians.
Walking and bike riding are great ways to stay active and healthy. Exercising is also a great tool for people of all ages and improves driving skills, especially older drivers. To learn more, check out our Defensive Driving Tools.
Exercise and Fitness Benefits:
• Enhances mobility, flexibility and balance
• Helps maintain or lose weight
• Reduces impact of illness and chronic disease
• Better sleep and more energy
• Improves mood and self-confidence
• Boosts cognitive function