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My Town EGR: City shares safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians
My Town EGR: City shares safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians

------NEWS RELEASE----

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of East Grand Rapids)-- Summer is upon us and the activities on our streets and sidewalks are in full swing.  East Grand Rapids is among the safest cities in Michigan in part because we practice sound behaviors to protect ourselves. Some safety ideas follow that will help keep us in the top ranking and insure the summer of 2014 is one without tragedy. 

Bicycling laws and tips for safety:

  • Always perform a check of your brakes and tire pressure before riding.  
  • Adults and kids should wear a bike helmet at all times.  It is an East Grand Rapids ordinance that all persons under 18-years of age wear a helmet while biking.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing materials for increased visibility. Try to avoid riding at night.  Wear reflective clothing if you must ride at night and use proper mandated lighting on your bike.
  • Watch for potholes and other road defects.
  • Only one person on a bike unless designed for two or more. 
  • Ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable and do not ride two or more abreast on any roadway.
  • Always obey traffic signals and stop signs.  Every person riding a bicycle upon a street or highway shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle. 
  • While riding on a sidewalk, yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing such pedestrian(s).
  • Do not ride upon the sidewalks in the business district.

Tips for staying safe while walking or jogging:

  • Where sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian shall not walk upon the main traveled portion of the highway.  Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians shall, when practicable, walk on the left side of the highway facing traffic.  
  • At crosswalks, pedestrians shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close it is impossible for the driver to yield.  Always verify vehicles coming from both directions have stopped prior to entering the roadway.
  • Reminder that there is safety in numbers and running/walking/biking should be exercised with a partner if possible.