The City of Frederick's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee reminds residents and travelers to make safety a top priority as Daylight Savings Time ends. With earlier sunsets, adjusting to the new, low-light environment can take time, and driving while distracted puts everyone — and especially pedestrians and bicyclists — at greater risk of death or injury.
If you’re driving:
- Slow down and obey the speed limit.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Be careful when passing buses or stopped vehicles.
- When turning, yield to people walking and biking.
- Look for bicyclists before opening your door.
- Allow at least three feet when passing bikes.
- Avoid using your cell phone and never text while driving.
If you’re walking:
- Cross the street at the corner and use marked crosswalks when they’re available.
- Use the pushbuttons.
- Wait for the walk signal to cross the street.
- Watch for turning vehicles.
- Before crossing, look left, right, and left again.
- Be visible. Wear something light or reflective after dark.
- Watch out for blind spots around trucks and buses.
- Avoid using your cell phone while you’re crossing the street.
- On an off-street trail, obey all posted signage and approach intersections with caution.
If you’re biking:
- Obey signs and signals.
- Never ride against traffic.
- Ride in a straight line at least three feet from parked cars.
- Use hand signals to tell drivers what you intend to do.
- Wear a helmet.
- Use lights at night and when visibility is poor.
- On an off-street trail, obey all posted signs and approach intersections with caution.
Thank you to all for remaining alert on roadways and being aware of the increased dangers of driving in the darker months.