Oberlin police launch bike, pedestrian, driver safety campaign


By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



TIPS FOR CYCLISTS

• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

• Don’t wear headphones.

• Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection.

• Anticipate hazards.

• Be predictable — ride with the flow of traffic, on the right, and in a straight line.

• Be visible and wear proper protective gear.

TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

• Police encourage walkers to use signaled crosswalks when possible.

• Use caution when crossing at intersections without signals.

• Look both ways before crossing the street.

• Never run between cars into the street.

• Wear clothing that allows drivers and people to see you.

• Runners should always carry identification.

• Allow three feet when passing cyclists.

TIPS FOR DRIVERS

• Turn on vehicle headlights at dusk.

• Always be vigilant — look out for cyclists and pedestrians.

• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

• Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.

• Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.

• Look before opening your door.

• Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.

One man’s complaints to city council have resulted in a bike, pedestrian, and driver safety education and enforcement campaign by Oberlin police.

Marion Parker said he sees cyclists on downtown sidewalks and improperly parked bikes. They limit maneuverability, especially for anyone with special needs.

Police Lt. Mike McCloskey said his department plans pm “stepping up some enforcement in those areas.”

Officers won’t necessarily start writing hundreds of citations, but aim to give more warnings and talk to violators about Oberlin’s laws.

Among those that need addressed are a ban on riding bicycles on downtown sidewalks, J-turns, pedestrian and bicycle violations on the streets, and drivers failing to yield to cyclists and pedestrians.

Police said on their Facebook page Wednesday that cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists are equally responsible for road safety.

Remember:

• Cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.

• Motorists should not harass bicyclists.

• Motorists should only pass cyclists when it is safe.

“Drivers should understand that a cyclist is granted all rights applicable to motor vehicles,” police said.” This includes a cyclist’s right to control the lane when conditions warrant and the need for motorists to maintain an adequate distance until it is safe to pass.”

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

TIPS FOR CYCLISTS

• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

• Don’t wear headphones.

• Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection.

• Anticipate hazards.

• Be predictable — ride with the flow of traffic, on the right, and in a straight line.

• Be visible and wear proper protective gear.

TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

• Police encourage walkers to use signaled crosswalks when possible.

• Use caution when crossing at intersections without signals.

• Look both ways before crossing the street.

• Never run between cars into the street.

• Wear clothing that allows drivers and people to see you.

• Runners should always carry identification.

• Allow three feet when passing cyclists.

TIPS FOR DRIVERS

• Turn on vehicle headlights at dusk.

• Always be vigilant — look out for cyclists and pedestrians.

• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

• Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.

• Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.

• Look before opening your door.

• Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.