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Extra Caution by Motorists

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Press Release Date: March 26, 2002    || Archived October 8, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The arrival of spring traditionally signifies the beginning of outdoor activities including walking, jogging, and bike riding. As temperatures rise and days get longer, many walkers, runners, and riders will begin sharing the roadways with drivers. Motorists should use extra caution when approaching a pedestrian or person operating a bicycle or other device propelled by human power. The following tips are offered for drivers when approaching a person on a bike or walking on the road:

Slow down and be prepared to stop. Be aware of cyclists and pedestrians by scanning each side of the road ahead. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and be prepared to take evasive action in case of a fall. Be aware of traffic on the road with you. If you do have to stop suddenly or turn off the road, do not drive into their lane of travel.

Drivers aren't the only ones responsible for keeping walkers and bikers safe. The following tips are for anyone sharing the road with cars and trucks:

Cyclists must obey all traffic laws when riding on a roadway. Walkers should be on the left side shoulder of the roadway. Cyclists should never ride more than two abreast and should not impede traffic. Just like drivers, walkers and bikers must yield the right of way to emergency vehicles. Any bicycle operated after dark must be equipped with a lamp on the front which will emit a white light visible from at least 500 feet away, and a red reflector or red light on the back. Pedestrians walking after dark should wear light colored or reflective clothing Last year in Illinois, 189 pedestrians and 18 bicyclists lost their lives as a result of crashes with motor vehicles.

For more information contact:
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Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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