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Safety Reminders for the Active Community

22 May 2020 4:42 PM | Michelle Avola-Brown (Administrator)

We all must follow the rules and practice proper etiquette while walking, running or biking. We must stay alert and cautious as there are an increased number of novices enjoying outdoor recreation and not aware of these rules. Remind your family and friends of these rules as they are heading out to enjoy the fresh air.

Laws are identified in BOLD print

  • Pedestrians must walk AGAINST traffic when in the road (this includes the shoulder, travel lane, and bike lane.)
  • Pedestrians should use sidewalks where present. If you leave the sidewalk, to maintain social distancing move to the grass and only to the road if you are traveling against the traffic.
  • If you must exit the sidewalk for the shoulder, travel lane, or bike lane - look both ways before entering.
  • Don't cross the street mid-block! Cross at a crosswalk or controlled intersection. Look both ways, keep your head up, and avoid distractions.
  • If a sidewalk is not present on a busy street, the area adjacent to the road is public right of way and you may walk/run in the grass. (example, the east side of Gulf Shore Blvd S.)
  • If there are no sidewalks, pedestrians may use the travel or bike lane.
  • Be considerate - If there is oncoming vehicular traffic and bicycles please walk/run in single file in the shoulder or bike lane or step onto the grass to allow bike to pass without being forced into the travel lane. Remember cyclist are traveling with the traffic and can't see vehicles from behind but you can!
  • Cyclists should always wear a helmet! It's smart for EVERYONE, and mandatory for youth under the age of 16.
  • Cyclists must ride WITH traffic.
  • Cyclists must obey all road rules. This includes making complete stops at all stop signs and signaled red lights and using hand signals when turning in traffic.
  • If bike lanes are present, cyclists should use them unless there are safety hazards.
  • Cyclists must NOT wear earbuds or headphones.
  • Cyclists may use sidewalks when there are not bike lanes present except when posted as restricted (example, downtown on 5th Avenue South).
  • If obstructions or hazards make the bike lane or sidewalk unsafe, use extreme caution when entering the shoulder, travel lane, or bike lane.
  • Keep your eyes up and alert to hazards at all times.
  • Motorists must give at least three feet clearance when passing. Slowing down until it is safe and legal to pass a cyclist will not significantly change your travel time!

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