NDOT offers safety tips for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Whether you’re on wheels or on two feet the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) said everyone should be aware of their surroundings when sharing the roads.

NDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coordinator Albert Jacquez said his department focuses on educating the public about safety issues especially in school zones.

Jacquez said it’s not only important to slow down and pay attention, but be mindful of state laws.

Jacquez said per state law, vehicles may not make U-turns or pass other vehicles, even on multi-lane roadways, when in an active school zone or school crossing zone. He also said, per state law, drivers may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on or within 20 feet of a crosswalk to enable better visibility of persons crossing.

He said, “Right now that seems to be what’s affecting pedestrians the most. It seems like we are all distracted, whether we are walking, riding, or we are driving, so I think we should do all our part and pay attention.”

NDOT said per state law, all drivers must follow the direction of a school crossing guard and not proceed until the highway is clear of all persons, including the crossing guard. Jacquez said it’s not just drivers that should do their part, but pedestrians and cyclists too.

He added, "Know the laws, walk on sidewalks, don't walk on the roads. If you are cyclists ride in bike lanes, ride in a shared used path, ride where bikes should be and where they are allowed to because we understand bicyclists fair best when they act and ride like they are drivers."

If you walk or bike to school NDOT said to wear reflective clothing, cross when and where it’s safe, look both ways when crossing, and always make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street.

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