Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Cyclists Safety: Keeping Everyone Safe on the Road

Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Cyclists Safety: Keeping Everyone Safe on the Road

In our busy cities, the streets have become a crowded mix of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. But this can be a dangerous combination, as vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists face the risk of being hit by fast-moving vehicles.

Over time, we’ve seen a worrying increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed in traffic accidents. This is partly due to more people driving larger vehicles like SUVs, as well as the problem of distraction and impaired driving.

Distracted Driving, Riding, or Walking

Distractions pose a major threat to the safety of all road users – drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. When people’s attention is diverted from the task of operating their vehicle or navigating the roadway, it dramatically increases the chances of a collision occurring.

For drivers, common distractions include using a cell phone, adjusting the radio or music, eating and drinking, and even conversing with passengers. These mental and visual distractions prevent drivers from keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, compromising their ability to react quickly to changing conditions.

Similarly, bicyclists who are distracted by their phones or other devices are less aware of their surroundings and more likely to deviate, lose control, or fail to notice hazards. And for pedestrians, the temptation to use a cell phone while crossing the street can be deadly, as they may not see or hear approaching vehicles.

Opening of Cars Door

Did you know that the way you open your car door can affect the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians? A recent study found that reaching through your window and opening the car door using the exterior handle can reduce bicycle accidents.

Many drivers usually open their door by reaching across their body and using the interior door handle. However, this “far-reach” method creates a wider arc as the door swings open, increasing the chances of hitting a passing cyclist.

Safety Tips

To minimise the chances of being involved in an accident and reduce the severity of any injuries, all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians should follow these tips:

Tips for Bicyclists

  1. Wear a helmet at all times when riding a bike.
  2. Use dedicated bike lanes whenever possible.
  3. Regularly inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues immediately.
  4. Install reflective devices on your bicycle to increase visibility.
  5. Wear reflective materials when riding at night.
  6. Do not use electronic devices while riding

Tips for Pedestrians

  1. Use sidewalks whenever possible
  2. Cross the street at designated crosswalks
  3. Obey traffic signals and pedestrian laws
  4. Avoid using electronic devices while walking
  5. Wear shoes that can allow you to move quickly.

Tips for Drivers

  1. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  2. Know how, when, and where you can pass a bicyclist.
  3. Know if and when pedestrians have the right of way.
  4. Yield to all pedestrians in a crosswalk.
  5. Do not speed or drive recklessly.
  6. Slow down when driving near bicyclists and pedestrians.
  7. Avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

By following these safety tips, we can all work together to keep our roads safe for everyone.

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