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CYCLING & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY


There aren't many places more conducive to exercising than Weston. The City has an extensive network of sidewalks and over 51 miles of marked bike lanes. While bicycling is great fun and great for you, as with any sport or mode of transportation, precautions must be taken to prevent serious and even life threatening injuries.

Facts:
  • A bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle (a non-motorized vehicle).
  • Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadway, and must obey the same traffic laws as operators of other vehicles, including: stop signs, red lights, yielding right-of-way when entering roadway and speed limits.
  • Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as a pedestrian when riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, but must yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing.
  • Cyclists and passengers under age 16 are required to wear a helmet.
  • Maximum two riders side-by-side.

CYCLISTS

Obey all traffic control devices. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic control devices such as traffic signals, signs and markings. Know and use proper hand signals when turning and be especially cautious when passing through intersections. The Broward Sheriff's Office will enforce traffic laws for cyclists in the same manner that they do for motorized vehicles.
Maximum two riders side-by-side.
   

Ride with traffic, on the right side . Riding in the bike lane, to the right of traffic, is recommended for best visibility by vehicles and an ability to steer clear of potential intersection accidents.

Helmets . 85% of head injuries, the most common serious injury suffered by bicyclists, are reduced by wearing a helmet.

No Headsets Headsets, headphone or any listening device is prohibited
(except hearing aid)

Be visible - Wear bright, reflective clothing. Use lights and reflectors in
low-light conditions.

Pedestrians this is understood to include "a person afoot, in a wheelchair, on skates, or on a skateboard"

In a roadway or bike lane - pedestrian should face traffic, as far to the left as possible.

Crossing A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than a (marked or unmarked) intersection crosswalk or a marked mid-block crosswalk shall yield to all vehicles on the roadway.

Courtesy Pedestrians should heed the maximum two person side-by-side in a bike lane, and move to single file if a bicycle is in the lane, so that they may safely pass.

DRIVERS
Pedestrian sign
Yield the appropriate right of way . A pedestrian is considered to be lawfully within a crosswalk if he started crossing in it when it was legal to do so, and is finishing crossing without undue delay. A driver facing a green light may need to wait for a pedestrian to finish crossing in the crosswalk.
 
3 feet to pass bike

Drive cautiously. Reduce your speed when approaching cyclists. E very driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human powered vehicle.

Be considerate . Be watchful for cyclists when you are driving, do not blast your horn when close to cyclists, and watch for cyclists when opening your doors.

Pass with care. Pass when conditions are safe to do so and leave at least 3 feet between your vehicle and the cyclist. Check over your shoulder after passing the cyclist before moving back to the normal lane position.

Keep a Safe Distance Keep a safe distance from cyclists and pedestrians.

BE HEAD SMART
Always wear a helmet