May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Transportation Leaders Kick Off Safe Roads For All Campaign

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Metro customers have lots of choices when it comes to transportation, and many of our passengers combine MetroLink and MetroBus with walking and biking. As more and more people take advantage of different transportation options, it’s important for all of us to share the road and ensure all pedestrians, cyclists and motorists stay safe.

This morning, Metro joined Trailnet, the Missouri Department of Transportation, Great Rivers Greenway and other regional leaders to kick off the “Safe Roads for All” initiative and promote safe and accessible travel for everyone.

As the weather gets warmer, more people will be adding walking and biking to their commutes. That’s why it’s important to stay alert and respect all users of the road. Here are some important safety tips that all transit riders, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists can use to stay safe while traveling around the region:

  • Obey all signs and traffic signals.
  • Don’t be distracted by talking or texting on your phone, changing the radio station or CD, eating or drinking, applying makeup, or reading while you’re driving.
  • Pedestrians should use sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • If you are driving, watch for pedestrians and cyclists when you are making turns.
  • If  you must walk in the street, walk single file, facing traffic and stay close to the edge of the road.
  • Don’t cross the street unless you are at an intersection. Many pedestrian injuries are the result of crossing mid-block, without a crosswalk or light, where drivers aren’t expecting you.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians need to light up at night. Wear light colors and reflective strips, or carry a flashlight.
  • Don’t run to catch the bus or MetroLink. 
  • When you get off the MetroBus vehicle, don’t step out into traffic in front of the bus. You may not see a car driving next to the bus.

Have fun, be safe this summer and remember — we all need to share the road!

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