Letter to the editor: Spring is here! Let’s keep safety in mind
From Chief Kevin Ruberg
Two Harbors Police Department
It’s that time of year. Everyone is getting anxious to spend time outdoors. But the arrival of spring also means the arrival of bicyclists and pedestrians. Whether a bicyclist, motorist or pedestrian, we all need to be aware of sharing the roadways with others and we all need to exercise common sense and safety. Here are some basic safety rules and tips for all who will be sharing the road.
• ALWAYS wear a helmet, whether young or old; whether on long rides or short rides.
• Obey the same traffic rules as motorists. This includes stopping at all stop signs and traffic signals and using hand signals to indicate change of direction.
• Children should walk their bicycles across intersections and follow traffic signals.
• Ride on the right side of the road and close to the curb. NEVER ride against traffic.
•Beware of parked vehicles. Be prepared for opening doors and cars pulling into traffic.
• Young children should ride on sidewalks but need to be aware of pedestrians and obstacles.
•Check your bicycle to make sure it is in good operating order.
• Wear bright clothing and never ride after dusk.
• Use signaled crosswalks when possible. Use caution when crossing at uncontrolled intersections.
• Never run or walk between parked cars.
• Wear reflective clothing, especially after dark and in the early morning.
• Younger children should only cross an intersection with an adult.
• Look both ways before crossing a roadway.
• Walk on sidewalks when possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic and as far to the left as possible.
• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
• Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists when turning.
• Slow down and be careful when passing parked vehicles.
• When parked, look before opening your car door.
• Use extra caution in school zones, near parks, and in residential areas.