Stopping at all stop signs and red lights, especially before making a right turn
Keeping your cellphone out of your hand while you drive
Keep your eyes on the road and look for pedestrians, especially at intersections
Pedestrians always have the right-of-way when crossing the street, even without a marked crosswalk. At some point, most of us are drivers, this comes with a responsibility to follow traffic laws and be a safe driver.
In the fall and winter, when it gets dark earlier, it's crucial to keep your phone down and look ahead. This is when crashes with pedestrians often go up.
In Arvada, 66% of crashes between a vehicle and a pedestrian/bicyclist happen outside a crosswalk. It might seem easier to run across the street instead of walking to a crosswalk. If you take the extra minute or two to get to the crosswalk, you will reduce your risk of being involved in a crash.
Crosswalks can be marked or unmarked. They are usually found where drivers are likely to expect to see a person crossing. If you are at a signalized intersection, wait for the walk sign to cross.
Pedestrian actions and behaviors influence our safety. To stay safe, always use crosswalks when walking to the bus or train, running errands, or when out for a stroll.
Riding bikes is a fun and healthy way to commute, run errands, exercise, or enjoy the outdoors. It's also important to remember we need to follow traffic laws.
When riding on the street, in a bike lane or not:
Follow all traffic laws, which includes yielding at stop signs and red lights
Check to make sure there are no oncoming vehicles when crossing a street
Colorado law states that a person waiting to cross a street cannot enter "into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard." To cross the street safely, slow down and check both ways for any cars.