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Driving, Walking, and Biking Safety

From driving to walking to riding a bike, there are many ways to get around Carrollton.

The City is committed to ensuring pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists travel safely through our community's corridors. Here you will find information such as safety tips, City and state laws, and other resources.

BIKE SAFETY

bike-safety-02 Texas state law considers a bicycle to be a vehicle. Cyclists must operate bikes according to vehicular laws on the street.

  • Obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.
  • Never ride opposite the flow of traffic.
  • Wear visible clothing.
  • Use a white front light and a red rear reflector or light.
  • Although a helmet is not required by law, it is strongly encouraged.
For more tips, click here.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

pedestrian-safety-02Whenever you are not in your vehicle (car, bike, or otherwise), you are a pedestrian. Here are a few tips for being safe while you are walking, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to ensure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

For more tips from the NHTSA, click here.

DRIVING SAFELY NEAR BICYCLISTS & PEDESTRIANS

driving-safety-02When driving, it is important to keep an eye out for cyclists and pedestrians. Also, remember to share the road. Texas state law considers bicycles to be a vehicle.

  • Allow a minimum of three feet when passing a bicyclist.
  • Look out for bicyclists when opening your door while parallel parked.
  • Bike lanes are for bicyclists.
  • Yield to crossing pedestrians.

For more tips, click here.

 RESOURCES
  • Texas Department of Transportation - Frequently Asked Questions on bicyclists, pedestrians, and the law
  • NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) 
    • Bicycling - Information on bicycling, including statistics, safety tips, and other resources.
    • Pedestrians - Information on pedestrian safety, including statistics, safety tips, and other resources
  • Look Out Texans -  "Launched in October 2015, the Look Out Texans campaign encourages North Texans to watch out for one another and offers specific tips to bike, walk and drive safely together. The campaign was developed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and funded by the Texas Department of Transportation."
  • Rules of the Road - Texas transportation codes regarding drivers and pedestrians
  • How to Prevent Bicycle Crashes - Guide from the NHTSA for parents and caregivers.

 

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