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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Reminders for Bikers and Pedestrians

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Reminders for Bikers and Pedestrians

These days, with COVID-19 closures and the spring season heating up, more and more people are out on sidewalks and roads, walking and riding and trying to enjoy the outdoors. We all need to be mindful as bicyclers, pedestrians, and motorists of new foot traffic.
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For 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.

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For Bicyclers

  • Safety Tips for Bicycle Riders:
  • Obey all traffic laws. In New Jersey, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.
  • Ride on the right
  • Obey all signals
  • Travel no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded
  • Ride with traffic

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For Motorists

  • Stop for pedestrians in marked 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

For more information go to New Jersey’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Remember that safety begins with you!  

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