Be a PAL and Practice Safety

January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012 -- As more people go on Arlington's Car-Free Diet, there are more walkers, cyclists and transit users sharing the streets with drivers. Whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, it's important for everyone to respect each other's rights and space.

Bus riders use multiple ways of getting around. Maybe you walk to the bus stop to catch the bus. Maybe you use the bike rack on the front of the bus and ride your bike to and from the bus stop. No matter how you get around, it's important that you be a PAL and safely share the streets.

Being a PAL means being:

Predictable -- travel in a predictable way; don't make sudden, unexpected moves

Alert -- pay attention to your surroundings and to others

Lawful -- obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot

Once you're at the bus stop there are several safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Wait for the bus in the designated area. Do not stand on the edge of the curb or in the street while waiting for the bus.
  • Never assume the bus operator sees you. On the street, anything from lampposts, newsstands and parked vehicles can cause blind spots and/or obscure the driver's view.
  • After deboarding the bus, wait for the bus to leave the stop before crossing the street. Always use traffic lights and crosswalks. Do not cross in front of the bus.
  • If you have a bike, signal to the driver that you are going to use the bike rack on the front of the bus. When getting off, exit from the front and let the driver know you need to take your bike off the rack. When done, go to the nearest curb and wave to let the driver know you're clear of the bus.
  • Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with lights, light-colored clothing and reflective gear.

There are also several good safety tips for walkers and cyclists to follow when out and about.

For additional safety and courtesy tips check out ART's safety page.

Stay safe!


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