Biking

  • Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it.
  • Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.
  • Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
  • Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.
  • Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, and then signal before making the turn. Watch for left or right turning traffic.
  • Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).
  • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.
  • Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior, including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.

Walking

Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the shoulder on the left side of the roadway in relation to the pedestrians direction of travel, facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction, F.S.S. 316.130 (4).Walk on the side of the road if you find yourself on a quiet street alone at night. Don’t walk on the footpath where a possible attacker can jump out from behind shrubbery and grab you. By walking on the road you can see anyone coming.

  • At night if someone looks suspicious do not make eye contact with that person when you are walking alone. Look straight ahead. Walking with confidence and purpose. You are less likely to attract attention this way.
  • When walking alone at night, you might consider carrying have some kind of self-defense weapon with you.
  • Don’t walk alone at night listening to music with headphones. How can you hear if someone walks up behind you? You will not be able to hear footsteps and you are making yourself an easy target. Ensure your safety when walking alone.
  • Keep your mobile phone on and within easy reach, when alone.
  • Be aware. Keep checking your surroundings for danger as you are walking. Be prepared to use self-defense if you are attacked.