Travel with Care In Your Car
From behind the windshield, it may look like pedestrians and bike riders are all the same, but they come from all walks of life and experiences. Someone walking or riding a bike could be your carpenter, doctor, your child's friend, your teacher or co-worker. But every road user - whether pedestrian, bike rider or driver, is someone's family member. While traveling the roads in Tulsa, we all need to respect each other. It's all about safety.
When driving you should:
- Drive without distractions (Texting, eating/drinking are examples of distractions).
- Look twice for people walking or biking before turning.
- Slow down when approaching intersections.
- Drive more slowly in dark and inclement weather.
- Drive like your family is in the car, in the crosswalk or on the bike next to you.
Guidelines and Tips
Respect the Road
and All of Its Users
Whether you're a walker, bicyclist or
driver, be kind and considerate. Share the road.
Bicyclists are required to follow the rules of all traffic signs and lights.
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at a Crosswalks
Crosswalks are in place for your safety. You should always use them.
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Sidewalks protect you from oncoming traffic and keep you safe from approaching vehicles.
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If sidewalks are present, walkers should always use them. If none are present, you must walk facing oncoming traffic.
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Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are in or approaching a sidewalk or crosswalk.
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Ride With the
Flow of Traffic
When riding your bike on a road, ride the same direction as traffic.
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Ride Two Abreast
When necessary, fall into a single line so as not to impede the reasonable flow of traffic.
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Take the Lane
It's OK to take the entire lane when obstructions or safety issues are present.
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To ensure that you are visible at night, make sure your bike is equipped with a white light on the front and a red reflector on the rear.
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It's OK to Leave
the Bike Lane
It's OK to ride outside the bike lane. Make sure you safely merge and always signal when changing lanes.
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Never park your bike in an area that prevents walkers from using a sidewalk.
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Give Three Feet
Always leave a safe distance of at least three feet between your vehicle and the bike you're passing.
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Leave crosswalks free and clear when pedestrians are present.
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Drivers should always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the road within a crosswalk.
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Never overtake or pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
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Bike Lanes Have
the Right of Way
Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists riding in a bike lane.
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Don't Stop or
Park in a Bike Lane
Drivers should never park, stop or leave their vehicles in a bike lane.
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