It’s getting darker outside earlier now.
- Do you walk across county streets?
- Do you drive a car?
- How about a bike?
Of course, you likely answered yes to one of these questions.
Unfortunately, pedestrian and bicycling safety can sometimes take a back seat. On Sunday, a pedestrian was killed in the Alexandria portion of our county. So far in 2015, there have been:
- 9 pedestrians struck and killed on our roadways
- 153 crashes involving pedestrians
Since 2012, there have been 400 pedestrian-related accidents.
Everyone on the roads — pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers — can play a role to ensure a safer commuting ecosystem out there. Here’s what you can do:
Pedestrians, you have a responsibility to make smart choices when walking:
Bicyclists, please follow these tips to stay safe:
Drivers, in addition to avoiding texting while driving, keep these tips at the forefront of your mind:
“Many crashes are preventable,” Grinnan said. “By using sidewalks for travel, crossing at a marked crosswalk or a controlled intersection, pedestrians could potentially help us to reduce the number of pedestrian-related crashes by as much as 40 percent. By focusing on distraction-free driving and being alert for pedestrians and bicyclists, drivers could potentially help us to reduce that number by approximately the same percentage.”