As warm weather approaches and people venture outside to enjoy the great outdoors, what do we need to know to coexist on the sidewalks, trails and roadways of Parker? Parker is privileged to have one of the best sidewalk and trail networks in the region, so the Town wants to remind everyone of their roles and responsibilities whether bicycling, walking or driving in public rights-of-way.
For bikes, pedestrians and motor vehicles alike, remember eye contact saves lives! Look for other people on the road and make sure they see you, and who knows? You might make some new friends, meet someone special or get to know your neighbors!
* Make sure the driver sees you!
* Watch for right-turning traffic.
* Watch your speed. Observe posted speed limits and obey the basic speed law:
Never ride faster than is safe under the existing conditions.
* Respect pedestrians’ rights. Pedestrians have the right of way.
* Never ride against traffic. Motorists aren’t looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road.
* Obey traffic signs, signals and rules. Cyclists must act like motorists if they want to be taken seriously.
* Use hand signals. Hand signals tell other road users what you intend to do.
* Wear bright clothing! You don’t have to buy a neon yellow jacket, but make sure you are visible, especially at night.
* Don’t get distracted by electronics or listening to music.
* Watch for turning cyclists and motorists.
* Cross streets at crosswalks-this is what motorists and cyclists expect.
* Eye contact is important with both drivers and cyclists.
* Assume pedestrians and cyclists are out and about at all times.
* Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
* Yield to pedestrians and bikes when making turns.
* Get off your apps! (Courtesy of CDOT.) Don’t text and drive!
* Follow the posted speed limit.
* Slow down when in the presence of cyclists and pedestrians.