And many of us just want to get out and take a spin in our cars. But there needs to be a partnership of shared responsibility among all to keep everyone safe. When walking please walk FACING TRAFFIC. DO NOT ASSUME THAT A DRIVER SEES YOU WHEN YOU ARE SHARING THE ROAD.
I wish to thank Whitney Hill on the Town’s Traffic Safety Working Group (and a cyclist herself) for putting together most of the following. My thanks as well to Geraldine Zikeley also on the TSWG.
Responsibility of the walker and jogger*
- FACE THE TRAFFIC (we have reports that some may not be aware of this rule).
- Wear brightly colored clothing so you’re more visible to motorists or a reflective vest
- Give motorists a wide berth
- Take a flashlight if you may be walking in waning light
- Single file is much safer, particularly on so many of our narrow country roads
- Socially distance and wear face masks where social distancing is not possible.
- Cross at crosswalks when possible. Vehicles have the right of way outside the crosswalk.
- Communicate with drivers before crossing. Make eye contact.
Responsibility of the cyclist:
- Wear a helmet.
- Be visible. Reflectors, lights, and reflective clothing help motorists see you.
- Follow traffic laws. Cyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists.
- Be predictable. Give motorists a sense of your direction and provide signals to show motorists your intentions to turn.
- Share the road. Try to stay as far to the right side of the roadway as safety allows.
- Do not impede traffic. Cyclists may ride a maximum of two abreast as long as normal traffic flow is not impeded.
- Be alert and try to anticipate potential conflicts before they occur.
- Communicate. Use hand signals and make eye contact before making turns.
Responsibility of the motorist:
- Be Patient. Only pass a cyclist when there is adequate site distance to do so without impacting oncoming traffic.
- Share the road. When passing a cyclist, be sure to provide a minimum of three feet of buffer between you and the rider.
- Right hand turn awareness. Avoid cutting off a cyclist by making a right hand turn in front of them.
- Lookout for cyclists. When entering a roadway, don’t just check for cars, keep an eye out for cyclists too.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and on sidewalks. Look out for pedestrians at other locations and be ready to yield to the pedestrian.
- Stay alert and avoid distractions in the car.
Working together will keep everyone safe and we can all enjoy the beautiful roads of Bedford.
*Friendly Health and Safety Reminder
Good hygiene practice is more important now than ever before. We kindly remind all runners, walkers, and those who exercise in public not to spit or to throw trash or used tissues onto the ground. Other simple habits, such as coughing into your elbow, can help limit the spread of germs. We are all in this together, so please remember to follow these easy hygiene practices.