Safety information for joggers and bicyclists

A message from the Bay Village Police Department

Safety information for joggers and bicyclists

As the days are getting shorter and darker, it becomes harder for motorists to clearly see joggers and bicyclists. Included are some tips to stay safe and healthy as we exercise and travel outside.

Joggers are encouraged to wear bright clothing or items with reflective material. Flashlights and headlamps are also very helpful for seeing and being seen by others. Persons jogging or running upon sidewalks shall yield the right of way to vehicles entering and exiting driveways, pedestrians and children at play. For those who jog in the street, be aware of your surroundings. This includes staying as close to the berm as possible, run facing traffic and when applicable, yielding the right of way to vehicles.POLICE_Bay Village_Disclaimer also offers the following tips:

Leave word – Tell somebody or leave a note at home about where you plan to go and how long you plan to be out. That way your loved ones will know to come look for you if needed.

Identify yourself – Run with proper ID, and carry a cell phone with emergency contacts taped to its back.

Pretend you’re invisible – Don’t assume a driver sees you. In fact, imagine that a driver can’t see you, and behave accordingly.

Face traffic – It’s easier to see, and react to, oncoming cars. And cars will see you more clearly too.

Make room – If traffic gets heavy, or the road narrows, be prepared to move onto the sidewalk or shoulder of the road.

Be seen – Wear high-visibility, brightly colored clothing. When out near or after sunset, reflective materials are a must. (If you don’t own reflective clothing, a lightweight reflective vest is a great option.) And use a headlamp or handheld light so you can see where you’re going, and drivers can see you. The light should have a bright LED (drivers see blinking red as a hazard).

Unplug your ears – Avoid using iPods or wearing headphones-you need to be able to hear approaching vehicles. If you do use headphones, run with the volume low and just one earbud in.

Watch the hills – When they crest hills, drivers’ vision can suddenly be impaired by factors like sun glare or backdrops.

Beware of high-risk drivers – Steer clear of potential problem areas like entrances to parking lots, bars, and restaurants, where there may be heavy traffic.

Watch for early birds and night owls – At odd hours be extra careful. Early in the morning and very late at night, people may be overtired and not as attentive.

Mind your manners – At a stop sign or light, wait for the driver to wave you through-then acknowledge with your own polite wave. That acknowledgement will make the driver feel more inclined to do it again for the next walker or runner. Use hand signals (as you would on a bicycle) to show which way you plan to turn.

A link to the article:…/11-tips-for-staying-safe-on-the-roads

Bicyclists are also encouraged to wear highly visible clothing. Per city ordinance, bicyclists that ride in the road are subject to the same traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles. This includes having a bike light or head lamp which can be seen from at least 500 feet during the hours from dusk until dawn along with a rear red reflector and red light which is visible from a distance 500 feet to the rear.

When a bicyclist is on the sidewalk, they must yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal when overtaking them. They must also slow to a walking pace when entering or approaching a crosswalk or driveway if a vehicle is approaching the driveway or crosswalk.

This information comes from the desk of Interim Mayor Gary Ebert, City of Bay Village