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North Texans must look out for one another to bike, walk and drive safely

Posted Nov. 3, 2015

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Cyclists should use hand signals to notify others of maneuvers like turning, changing lanes and stopping.

The Look Out Texans campaign encourages North Texans to look out for one another and offers specific tips to bike, walk and drive safely together.

In North Texas between 2010 and 2014, there were more than 8,200 reported bicycle and pedestrian crashes involving motor vehicles that resulted in more than 500 fatalities, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Increasing awareness of how people can bike, walk and drive safely can help reduce accidents.

For example, people bicycling should follow the same traffic rules as vehicles, ride in the same direction as traffic, always stop at traffic signals and stop signs, and use hand signals.

People walking must be alert and visible. Pedestrians should only cross streets at crosswalks and intersections where they can gauge traffic and be visible. Before crossing, eye contact with drivers ensures they were seen.

Finally, people driving should allow at least three feet when passing someone on a bicycle. State law allows bicyclists to ride on roadways and use the middle of a lane. Drivers must also look out for people walking, always yielding to crossing pedestrians.

View all 21 safety tips that will be highlighted around the region and learn more about the Look Out Texans campaign.

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