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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Winter Travel Safety

Night riding

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, Pierce Trips urges people who drive, walk, and bicycle in Pierce County to keep each other safe by paying attention to the rules of the road and being aware of other travelers. Drivers, walkers and bicyclists may have a hard time getting used to the decreased visibility in the evenings and practice unsafe travel behavior. Pierce Trips encourages travelers to give themselves an extra few minutes to get to their destination in the safest manner.

When you are walking:

  • Before crossing, stop at the curb and look in both directions - left, right, then left again.
  • Use crosswalks and wait for the pedestrian walk indication at traffic signals.
  • Consider carrying a flashlight to see your path better, and also be seen at intersections.

If you are riding a bike:

  • Always wear a helmet, use a white light on the front of your bike and either a red light or red reflector on the rear, as required by law.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Follow all traffic signals and laws.
  • Bike in the same direction of traffic, unless the street is signed otherwise.

Waiting for a bus? Pierce Transit is in the process of installing reflective material on bus stop poles. These will help bus drivers see the stops more clearly and can be used to catch the driver’s attention if you wave your hand in front of it as the bus approaches.


When you are driving,

  • Obey the speed limit, even if others are not.
  • Put down your devices. One of the most effective methods is to pace your phone in the back seat. 
  • Always yield to walkers and bicyclists at all crosswalks, even if the car in the next lane doesn't. Otherwise, walkers and bicyclists often end up waiting a long time for a gap in traffic to cross.
  • Before entering your vehicle, make sure that windows and mirrors are clear of leaves, frost, and anything else that may limit visibility.
  • When passing bicyclists or other vehicles, drive at a safe distance (3 or more feet). Cutting in front of others isn't comfortable for anyone.
  • When getting out of a vehicle, check over your shoulder to be sure you’re not opening your door into a bicyclist’s or driver’s path.
  • Do not stop or park in a bike lane, bus lane, bus stop, or travel lane.
  • Do not use medications that will make you drowsy.

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