Philly’s Courteous Mass

Saturday, April 3 by silvia

Courteous Mass rideCritical Mass–those mass urban bike rides that happen at evening rush hour–have gotten a reputation for confrontation. Philadelphia’s Bicycle Coalition is trying something else–Courteous Mass, a Saturday morning ride aimed at changing the tone in the debate about bicycling and bicyclists in Philadelphia. Yes, road rules are to be obeyed.

The one-hour ride begins at 10 a.m. April 10 at the Locust Street crossing of the Schuylkill River Trail.

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Stop and Stay Stopped

Friday, April 2 by sandy

Stop and Stay Stopped

Beginning April 1, 2010, motorists who see pedestrian(s) in a crosswalk MUST
STOP and stay STOPPED (NJ Statute 39:4-36).

Failure to observe the law may subject you to one or more of the following:

  • 2 POINTS
  • $200 FINE (plus court costs)
  • 15 DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • INSURANCE SURCHARGES

The NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety suggests that pedestrians and motorists follow these rules:

Pedestrians:

  • Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine (court costs additional; C.39:4-32, 33)
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • Obey traffic signals, especially ?Walk/Don?t Walk.?
  • Remain alert! Don?t assume that cars are going to stop.
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
  • Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck.

Motorists:

  • Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Failure to stop carries a $200 (court costs additional) fine, a 2 point license penalty, 15 days community service, and insurance surcharges. (C.39:4-36)
  • Watch for pedestrians when turning right on red.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Keep your windshield clean for maximum visibility.
  • Be alert for pedestrian at all times.

Children and senior citizens are at a higher risk of being struck by a motor vehicle. Special emphasis must be made to educate children and seniors about the importance of walking safely.

Children:

  • Cross at intersections only.
  • Never cross from in-between parked cars.
  • Before crossing, look left, right and left again and listen for traffic.
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night.
  • If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.

Seniors:

  • Walk on sidewalks and cross only at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine (court costs additional; C.39:4-32, 33)
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing, especially at night.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing and be on the lookout for turning vehicles.
  • Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle.
  • Learn the proper use of ?Walk/Don?t Walk? signals.
  • Use the buddy system. Walk and cross with others when possible.
  • If possible do not walk at night or during bad weather such as snow, rain or ice.

Related article:?NJ Pedestrian Legislation Signed by former Governor Cozine

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Street Smart

Thursday, April 1 by sandy

How far will your car go before stopping? at 25 mph? at 35 mph? at 45 mph?

Between 14% and 17% of all traffic deaths involve pedestrians, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).? Children represent 43% of pedestrian accidents and, of those, nearly 3% result in death.

Street Smart, a pedestrian and bicyclist safety program begun in the greater Washington, D.C. area in 2002, has produced TV spots as part of its Spring 2010 Campaign to create public awareness and law enforcement.

“The goals of the campaign are to change motorist and pedestrian behavior, and reduce pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and injuries, by:

  • Increasing awareness of the consequences of pedestrian and bicycle crashes
  • Recommending actions to reduce risks, such as:
    • Use Crosswalks
    • Obey Signals
    • Look Left-Right-Left
    • Slow Down
    • Stop for Pedestrians
  • Increasing awareness of law enforcement action against unsafe and illegal behavior”

For more information, including Pedestrian and Cycling Tips, go to bestreetsmart.net.

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