Posted on: November 3, 2016

Getting from A to B: Road Safety in East Grand Rapids

Road Safety

From Gaslight Village to our neighborhoods, East Grand Rapids is a walkable, bikeable and drivable community.  With a mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accidents.

The Public Safety Department has a few reminders to keep in mind as you commute to school, work or home.

Pedestrians should:

  • When provided, use sidewalks, which are designed for pedestrian traffic, and not streets, which are designed for vehicular traffic.
  • Use designated crosswalks, when available.
  • Only cross the road in designated crosswalks in Gaslight Village.
  • Always obey traffic signals and not cross intersections unless the pedestrian light indicates go.
  • Look both ways before crossing a road – no matter what the traffic signal says.
  • Stay alert for cars that are turning or backing up and while in parking lots.
  • Wear reflective gear at night or carry a flashlight.

Bicyclists should:

  • Always ride with traffic.
  • Obey the rules of the road (as if you were driving a vehicle), including traffic signals and signs and lane markings.
  • Always look both ways before entering the roadway.
  • Wear reflective gear and have a white front headlight and a red rear reflector when riding at night.
  • Due to the narrowness of our roads, bicyclists in EGR may not ride two abreast.

Motorists should:

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • When pulling out of driveways and parking lots, take caution for vulnerable road users, including children and other pedestrians.
  • Never make an immediate right after passing a bicyclist – wait until they have gone fully through the intersection.
  • When leaving a parallel parking spot, always look for approaching cyclists and motorists. Also, before exiting your vehicle, look for approaching cyclists when opening your door. 

Most importantly, all road users should commute defensively and pay attention to your surroundings.

Adopted from the Michigan Secretary of State and Michigan Traffic Code. 

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