Walk, Bike, Drive Lincoln Safely

The safety of all Lincoln residents is of top priority for the City. We strive to provide safe, accessible, and comfortable transportation options for all residents, whether they travel by foot, bike, or car. Following the simple but crucial safety tips listed below will help keep citizens safe when on the go.

Safety Tips When Walking

1 Be predictable! Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

2 Always look for vehicles in all directions, including those turning left or right.

3 Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.

4 If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

5 Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians.

6 If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic before safely crossing.

7 Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

8 Be visible at all times. Wear bright colors during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

9 Watch for vehicles entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.

10 Stay alert! Avoid distractions that take your eyes and ears off the road.

Safety Tips When Biking

1 Inspect your bike prior to riding. Conduct your ABC Quick Check (air, brakes, chain).

2 Wear a helmet. Make sure it fits and is properly secured before riding.

3 Be alert! Watch for vehicles, pedestrians, and road hazards.

4 Obey all traffic laws, especially around people walking or driving.

5 Be predictable. Ride on the right and with the flow of traffic. Ride where drivers can see you.

6 Look before changing lanes and signal your intentions.

7 Watch for pedestrians. Bicyclists shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

8 Pass pedestrians with care by first announcing “on your left” or “passing on your left” or use a bell.

9 Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials at night.

10 Always have a working white light on the front and a red light on the back of your bike at night.

Safety Tips When Driving

1 Be alert! Scan the road and sides of roads for bicyclists and pedestrians.

2 Avoid distracted and aggressive driving. Stay off you phone!

3 Obey all traffic laws, especially around people walking or biking along the street.

4 Reduce your speed in school zones and in residential neighborhoods where children are present.

5 Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning, especially when turning right or entering a crosswalk.

6 Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks! Pedestrians and bicyclists have the right-of-way when entering or occupying a marked crosswalk.

7 Never pass or drive around a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians. Especially vehicles stopped at crosswalks.

8 Stop for people crossing at every intersection, even those without crosswalks or stop lights.

9 Be extra cautious when backing up; pedestrians can move into your path.

10 Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as bad weather or nighttime.

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