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 + increased traffic + failing to yield to right of way = increased incidents.
But, this doesn’t have to happen. Our operators are doing their part to alter this equation by:
> Continuously scanning the road and sidewalks ahead for pedestrians and bicyclists.
> Driving defensively, assuming someone might make a bad decision.
> Making eye contact with crossing pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooters and using their horn when necessary.
> Stopping for crossing pedestrians at every intersection and marked crosswalk, even those without crosswalks or stoplights.
> Not blocking crosswalks while stopped or passing other vehicles stopped for pedestrians.
> Stopping far enough back so drivers in other lanes can also see a crossing pedestrian.
> Before making a turn, looking in all directions.
> Using extreme caution near bus stops where pedestrians and bicyclists approach to board.
> Using extreme caution with left turns
Here’s how you can help us help you:
> Wearing light colored or reflective clothing.
> Commuting slower and more cautiously during winter.
> Heightening your attention, especially during peak driving periods.
> Continuously scanning for approaching vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
> Making eye contact with others when crossing or merging.
> Getting rid of distractions that impair your ability to focus, like phones, music, etc.
> Never making a right turn in from of a bus-this is a leading cause of on-board customer injuries.
We look forward to a safe and fun winter. Together, we can alter this equation.