ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — More people around town are cycling — for fun, exercise, or their daily commute, but cycling can be deadly if drivers and cyclists don’t pay attention to one another.
Trailnet, MoDOT, and Metro Transit kicked off the “Safe Roads for All” initiative Monday by walking and biking from the Missouri History Museum to the St. Louis Downtown Bicycle Station to demonstrate the importance of “sharing the road.”
But Trailnet CEO Ann Mack wants more than just a demonstration and a call to do better. She is pushing for bike lanes that aren’t just separately striped, but are physically divided from traffic lanes.
“On roads where the context services that well we deserve to have barriers between bicyclists and the cars that are often going faster, but of course, are so much heavier,” said Mack.
Mack says Trailnet would also like Missouri to completely ban texting-while-driving.
Below are additional tips for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists on the road:
· Obey all signs and signals and respect all road users.
· A few minutes ‘saved’ through speeding endangers all users.
· Try to get eye contact with other road users when proceeding through an intersection.
· Pedestrians need to use sidewalks. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, facing traffic and stay close to the edge of the road.
· Cross streets only at intersections or crosswalks.
· Don’t assume motorists will stop for you. Stay alert and choose to observe your immediate surroundings.
· Cyclists and pedestrians need to lighten up at night. Wear white or light colors and reflective strips. Have a friend observe you at night to help determine your visibility.