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Focus on safety – We all share the road
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Focus on safety – We all share the road

Last year, Naperville police responded to more than 2,800 vehicle crashes. NPD has a dedicated traffic unit that enforces the rules of the road and makes our roads safer, but it’s important to remember that you too have a responsibility to prioritize safety, whether you’re in a vehicle, on a bicycle, or on the road of enjoy the sun. foot. Here are some reminders to help drivers, cyclists, walkers and runners share the road this summer.

Tips for drivers

  • Stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings.
  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Give priority to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.
  • Look before you open your door.
  • Be careful when passing stationary vehicles.
  • Allow three feet when passing cyclists.
  • Turn on vehicle headlights at dusk.

Tips for cyclists

  • Follow the same traffic rules as motorists when traveling the city streets. Stop at stop signs, follow traffic lights and lane markings, and use hand signals to let others know your intentions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones; you should be able to hear if a car is approaching.
  • Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before entering a street or intersection.
  • Do your best to anticipate hazards and adjust your position in traffic accordingly.
  • Be predictable: drive with the flow of traffic, on the right and in a straight line – not in and out of parked cars on the side of the street.
  • Be visible and wear appropriate protective clothing. Avoid driving at night.
  • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there.
  • Bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks in Naperville unless otherwise noted. Bicycling is not permitted on sidewalks on the Riverwalk or in downtown Naperville.

Tips for walkers and runners

  • Use marked crosswalks whenever possible and exercise extreme caution when crossing at intersections without signals.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Never run into the street between cars.
  • Wear clothing that allows drivers to see you.
  • Exercising outdoors at dusk or at night can be dangerous without reflective material on your clothing. Many sports shoes have reflective properties built in, but also consider a vest complete with reflective tape.
  • Runners are also reminded to ALWAYS carry identification when going outside.

Remember that no driver, cyclist or pedestrian has a monopoly on the road. It is a shared space where we all have rights and responsibilities.

Until next month… Stay tuned and stay safe.

For more information on this month’s Safer Naper topic, safe road sharing, visit www.naperville.il.us/asafernaper.