Archive for Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Safety tips offered for walking, cycling on detour routes

April 14, 2010

Sgt. Jim Baker, head of the Shawnee Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, offers a few safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists in the area of the Kansas Highway 7 and Johnson Drive detours.

For pedestrians:

• Jog or walk on sidewalks where provided, rather than in the roadway. This is required by law.

• Don’t assume motorists see you or will yield the right of way to you.

• Make eye contact with motorists before crossing a lane of traffic. Make sure they see you.

• Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing.

For cyclists:

• Always wear a bike helmet.

• Stop at all intersections and walk your bike across busy intersections and streets.

• Obey traffic signs, signals and pavement markings.

• Stop and look both ways before entering traffic.

• Ride with traffic.

• Before turning, use hand signals and look in all directions.

• Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing as well as equip your bicycle with reflectors.

• Avoid riding at night.

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