Safety Guidelines for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists

 

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In today’s class, we will be talking about safety guidelines for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Enjoy the class!

Safety Guidelines for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists

Safety Guidelines for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists classnotes.ng

  • Pedestrian:

Safety Guidelines for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists classnotes.ng

A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running. In modern times, the term usually refers to someone walking on a road or pavement, but this was not the case historically.

  • Cycling:

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cyclist

Also called biking or bicycling, is the use of a bicycle for transport, recreation, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling is referred to as “cyclists”, “bikers”, or less commonly, as “bicyclists”. Apart from two-wheeled bicycles, “cycling” also includes the riding of unicycle, tricycle, and similar human-powered vehicle (HPV).

Cycling is widely regarded as a very effective and efficient mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances.

Bicycles provide numerous benefits in comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise involved in cycling, easier parking, increased manoeuvrability, and access to roads, bike paths and rural trails.

It also offers a reduced consumption of fossil fuel, less air or noise pollution, and much-reduced traffic congestion. These lead to less financial cost to the user as well as to society

 

  • Motor Vehicle Safety:

Many adults drive every day. It may even be part of your job. It’s easy to forget that driving uses many skills, often at the same time.

Common reasons for motor vehicle injuries include being distracted, having drugs or alcohol in your system, being aggressive, being tired, not wearing a seat-belt and, not having enough training.

Take a smart risk to reduce injuries that have to do with any type of motor vehicle (e.g., car, truck, motorcycle).

Look First

Look first means you think ahead.

  1. Be alert – remember that you share the road with other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
  2. Make sure you can see the road. Take time to clear ice, snow, and dirt from the windows and lights.
  3. When turning, look both ways for pedestrians and cyclists.
  4. Be patient, especially with children, older pedestrians, or adults with small children or strollers – they may need more time to cross the road.
  5. Slow down on residential streets and in school, playground, and construction zones.
Get Trained
  1. Proper training and practice can reduce the risk of injury.
  2. Take a defensive driving course, sign up for motorcycle training, and obey the rules of the road.
Buckle Up
  1. Seat belts and child safety seats are two of the best safety devices ever invented – they save lives and prevent injuries.
  2. Wearing a seat belt is the law in Alberta. But it’s more than that: it just makes good sense. Make it a habit. It sets a good example for others, including your children.
Drive Sober
  1. When driving, be in complete control. This means, there is no place for drugs or alcohol in your system, being aggressive when driving, being tired, or distracted – you increase the risk of injuring yourself and others.
  2. ​Distracted driving law restricts drivers from texting, reading, using hand-held cell phones, and other distracting activities while driving.

 

  • Cycling Safety:

When you ride a bicycle on the road it is classified as a vehicle. Cyclists have the same ​responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. Remember to share the road. Since bicycles are one of the smallest vehicles on the road, you have to make sure you are seen and heard. Take a smart risk to reduce your chance of a cycling injury.

Wear the gear
  1. Reflective tape, reflectors, and rear lights make it easier to be seen.
  2. Headlamps or handlebar lights help to light the road in front of you.
  3. Bright clothing catches people’s attention in the daytime.
  4. Wear a properly fitting helmet– not only is this the law for people under 18, but it also sets a positive example and could save your life​.
  5. Use a bell to alert pedestrians and other bikers that you are near.
Get Trained
  1. Know the specific rules of the road for biking, including how to use bike lanes and how to hand signal.

 

  • Pedestrian Safety:

Pedestrian injuries from motor vehicles are among the most serious. The safety is for everyone at any age. When you are a pedestrian, take a smart risk to reduce your chance of being injured.​

Look First
  1. Make sure motorists and cyclists can see you.
  2. Remember – you share the road with motorists and cyclists.
  3. Use pedestrian lights if the intersection has them. Always check the intersection before stepping onto the crosswalk or road, even if there are lights. Don’t cross in the middle of the block or between parked cars.
  4. If there are no crossing lights, wait until it is safe to cross. Assume drivers can’t see you.
  5. Make eye contact with drivers and wait for cars to stop. Even cars that seem to be slowing down may not stop. Wait until traffic has come to a complete stop before crossing. Watch for traffic turning at intersections or into driveways.
  6. Pay attention, be aware of your surroundings, and be in control of your actions when you are walking. Having drugs or alcohol in your system or talking on your cell phone are the kinds of distractions that increase your risk for an injury when walking.
Wear the Gear
  1. Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips when walking at dusk or night.
  2. Carry a flashlight or headlamp to light your way and wear a flashing red light to be visible at night.
  3. Wear your glasses and hearing aids. Wear sunglasses or a visor in the daytime, even in winter.
  4. Use a cane, walker, or another type of mobility aid if needed.
  5. Wear proper-fitting shoes with a snug fit and good grip.
  6. Add ice grips to your shoes and a pick at the end of your poles or cane in the winter.
  7. If you’re wearing headphones, keep your volume low enough to hear what’s going on around you.
Get Trained
  1. Know and obey the rules of the road.
  2. At traffic lights, cross as soon as the light turns green or the walk signal says walk. Don’t cross once the Don’t Walk signal starts to flash or once the light has turned yellow. Never cross at a red light.

 

In our next class, we will be talking about the Causes, Types, and Preventions, Of Workshop Accidents.  We hope you enjoyed the class.

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