Safety Tips for Drivers

Be Alert: Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists at all times:

  • Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing or bicyclists coming up the road.
  • Do not drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving.
  • Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians, especially small children, before backing-up.
  • For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.

Driver in Boulder, Colo. yielding to chidlren in a school crossing.Be Responsible: Yield to pedestrians at crossings and give bicyclists room:

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.
  • Yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Allow time for bicyclists to traverse intersections.
  • Treat bicyclists like slow moving cars: do not tailgate them and wait until traffic conditions allow you to pass safely.
  • Slow down when passing bicyclists and give them three feet of space when passing.
  • Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist before moving back into the lane.

Be Patient: Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers:

  • Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
  • Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
  • Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.
  • Don't blast your horn in proximity to bicyclists.
  • Children and novice riders can be unpredictable; expect the unexpected.