Spring is finally here and not a moment too soon! More and more people and their children will spend time outdoors, biking, walking, rolling, and skating. We’ve seen so many children roller skating and skateboarding and many on bicycles, all over the neighborhood. We’re glad you are all taking a break from the screens. We want everyone to be able to enjoy their time outdoors and get home safe. That is why we are bringing attention to a concerning trend.
The U.S. pedestrian deaths increased by 20% in the first half of 2020 alone. The primary cause for the increase in pedestrian death was speed. According to a AAA Foundation study: “the average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle reaches 10% at an impact speed of 16 mph, 25% at 23 mph, 50% at 31 mph, 75% at 39 mph, and 90% at 46 mph. The average risk of death for a pedestrian reaches 10% at an impact speed of 23 mph, 25% at 32 mph, 50% at 42 mph, 75% at 50 mph, and 90% at 58 mph. Risks vary significantly by age. For example, the average risk of severe injury or death for a 70-year-old pedestrian struck by a car traveling at 25 mph is similar to the risk for a 30‐year‐old pedestrian struck at 35 mph.” It doesn’t take much to cause someone serious injury or worse. Remember we all play a part in keeping our roads safe.
With that in mind, we wanted to remind everyone a few road safety tips.
- Slow down! Respect posted speed limits, especially in residential areas
- Share the road – cyclists can ride on the ride side of the road and have the right to take the whole lane when bike lanes are not available and it is not safe to do otherwise; pedestrians can walk in the road, on the left side of the road
- Look for pedestrians at crosswalks and at intersections. Remember, not all crosswalks are marked, but pedestrians still have a right to cross.
- Do not pass cars stopped at crosswalks, they may be waiting for someone to cross the street
- Give cyclists some space, give a minimum of 3 feet passing distance
- Stay focused, don’t drive distracted
- Don’t drive under the influence
- Use sidewalks and paths whenever available. If walking in the road, walk facing traffic and wear try to wear bright clothing
- Be alert, don’t walk distracted, keep your eyes on the road
- Cross the street at crosswalks and intersections when possible
- If crossing midblock, be sure to yield to cars
- Wear a helmet
- Wear bright clothing
- Check your brakes
- Install front and rear lights
- Ride with traffic
- When cycling on trails notify walkers before you pass them
We hope you enjoy the nice weather and spend some time outdoors. Stay safe!