The Washington Township Police want to remind everyone of some Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety tips!
The nice weather is hopefully coming soon, and we want everyone to enjoy it as soon as it gets here in a safe manner!
In New Jersey, anyone under 17 years of age that rides a bicycle or is a passenger on a bicycle must wear a safety helmet. In 1998, this helmet law was extended to include roller and inline skates and skateboards. Roller skates means a pair of devices worn on the feet with a set of wheels attached, regardless of the number or placement of those wheels and used to glide or propel the user over the ground.
Remember, Bicycles are not toys… they are vehicles. Every year, bicyclists throughout New Jersey are involved in crashes that result in both injuries and tragically, fatalities. While many of these crashes involve motor vehicles, many do not. Injuries can occur in parks, bike paths and driveways.
Always ride on the right side of the road, with traffic. Riding against traffic will put you where motorists don’t expect you. Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey the same rules as motorists. Always signal your intention, be courteous to pedestrians and other vehicle operators. Ride single file whenever you can.
For additional Bicycle Safety Information, please click here.
Below please find some Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Always walk facing traffic.
- Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning vehicles.
- Obey traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk.”
- Don’t assume that cars are going to stop.
- Put down your electronic devices and look ahead
- Wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
- Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck.
- If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
- Never cross from in-between cars.
For additional Pedestrian Safety Information, please click here.