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Eureka’s mild climate and flat terrain makes it easy to walk and ride bicycles in our community. It's important to think about safety for our community and your family. When you're out walking to the park or driving to the grocery store, please remember the following:
- FACT: Pedestrian safety is the responsibility of BOTH the drivers on the roadway and the pedestrians.
- FACT: NO vehicle can 'Stop on a Dime.' The average passenger vehicle traveling 40 mph is moving 59 feet per second, and would take a minimum of 189 feet to come to a complete stop.
- FACT: When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the pedestrian is always the more seriously injured party, regardless of who may be at fault.
TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Cross in the crosswalk.
- Follow the pedestrian signal, not the overhead traffic signal.
- Do not begin to cross the street once the red hand flashes on the pedestrian signal.
- Wear visible clothing.
TIPS FOR MOTORISTS
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
- Be cautious in areas that draw children such as around parks and schools.
- Don't speed or run red lights.
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