Eye contact saves lives, even when it's awkward!
As warm weather approaches and people venture outside to enjoy the blue skies and the great outdoors, what do we need to know to coexist on the sidewalks, trails and roadways of Parker? Parker is privileged to have one of the best sidewalk and trail networks in the region, so the Town wants to remind everyone of our roles and responsibilities for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers as we share Parker’s public rights-of-way.
For bikes, pedestrians and motor vehicles alike, remember CDOT’s campaign with the tagline "Awkward Eye Contact Saves Lives!" Whether on bike, foot or in your car, look for the other people on the road, sidewalks and trails – and make that eye contact to ensure you’re being seen, even when it's awkward!
Know Your Role and Responsibilities!
* Make sure the driver sees you.
* Watch for turning traffic.
* Obey all traffic laws, including watching your speed. Observe posted speed limits and obey the basic speed law: Never ride faster than is safe under the existing conditions.
* Respect pedestrians' rights. Pedestrians have the right of way.
* Never ride against traffic. Motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road.
* Obey traffic signs, signals and rules. Cyclists must act like motorists if they want to be taken seriously.
* Use hand signals. Hand signals tell other road users what you intend to do. Wear bright clothing. You don’t have to buy a neon yellow jacket, but make sure you are visible, especially at night.
* Don’t get distracted by electronics or listening to music.
* Watch for turning cyclists and motorists.
* Cross streets at crosswalks. This is what motorists and cyclists expect.
* Eye contact is important with both drivers and cyclists.
* Assume pedestrians and cyclists are out and about at all times.
* Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
* Yield to pedestrians and bikes when making turns.
* Get off your apps! (Courtesy of CDOT.) Don’t text and drive.
* Follow the posted speed limit.
* Slow down when in the presence of cyclists and pedestrians.