Officials with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) want drivers and other roadway users to “Share the Road and Arrive Alive.” Their public-safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about roadway safety issues that drivers, walkers, and cyclists face on California roads. Sharing the road means more than just looking out for motorcycles. A variety of different roadway users can be found in San Diego, along with the Central Coast and throughout California.
Unfortunately, pedestrians don’t have many protections in the event of a crash. They’re not even wearing helmets like many cyclists are. Caltrans offers pedestrians a variety of tips to improve personal safety when taking to the roads. One of the most important parts of staying alive is staying alert. Pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
Don’t expect that drivers are looking out for you. They could be distracted, impaired or driving carelessly. Equally important, you should never text while you’re walking. You need to pay attention to what’s going on around you. Bright and reflective clothing is also helpful, especially at night. Beware of turning vehicles, and make eye contact with the driver so they know you’re there.
Bicyclists on California Roadways
Bicyclists can improve their safety by wearing a helmet and making sure they’re visible during evening hours. Flashing lights and reflectors are great for improving visibility. Cyclists are also encouraged to be predictable in their movements. Always ride with traffic, and obey all signs and signals.
Tips for Drivers
Finally, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other roadway users are only safe when drivers are sharing the road. This means looking out for other types of roadway users and giving them the respect and space they need to stay safe. Drivers in California are now required to give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing. Even with safety gear like helmets and gloves, bicyclists can become devastatingly injured or killed in crashes involving cars. Other roadway users don’t have the benefit of seat belts and airbags. They’re truly at the mercy of drivers on the road.
Put Down the Phone
Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is one of the biggest and most important steps in safely sharing the road. If you’re texting while driving, you’re not watching the road. Put the phone down, and give your full attention to the task of driving and arrive alive.