After we roll back the clock and there’s less daylight, we enter a period when data has shown an increase in pedestrian, bicycle, scooter and motor vehicle collisions. The simple equation looks like this:
Less daylight + end of workday + rush hour + failing to yield to right of way = increased accident incidents.
But, this doesn’t have to happen. Metro Transit works tirelessly to avoid being a part of this equation. And it's working: our accident rate is at its lowest level in nearly two decades.
We’re doing our part to alter this equation, and here’s how we do it:
> Continuously scan the road and sidewalks ahead for pedestrians and bicyclists.
> Drive defensively, assume someone might make a bad decision.
> Make eye contact with crossing pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooters. Use horn when necessary.
> Stop for crossing pedestrians at every intersection and marked crosswalk, even those without crosswalks or stoplights.
> Do not block crosswalks while stopped, and don’t pass other vehicles stopped for pedestrians.
> Stop far enough back so drivers in other lanes can also see a crossing pedestrian.
> Before making a turn, look in all directions.
> Look carefully behind your vehicle before backing up.
> Watch for people in wheelchairs and motorized carts.
> Take extreme caution near bus stops where pedestrians and bicyclists approach to board.
> Take extreme caution with left turns
Here’s what you can do:
> Commute slower and more cautiously during winter.
> Heighten your attention, especially during peak driving period.
> Don’t rush out of work on Friday. Take your time, you’ll get where you’re going.
> Continuously scan for approaching vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
> Make eye contact with others when crossing or merging.
> Get rid of distractions that impair your ability to focus, phones, music, etc.
> Wear light colored clothing or reflective clothing.
> Never make a right turn in from of a bus-this is a leading cause of on-board customer injuries.
> Use caution when operating around a stuck bus.
We look forward to a safe and fun winter. Together, we can alter this equation.