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Share the Road: Keeping Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Motorists Safe

May 21, 2024 -- Please keep in mind the following tips to ensure safe travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and everyone sharing our roads!

Pedestrians should always use sidewalks where available and avoid walking in the roadway to ensure their safety and that of bicyclists and drivers. Walking on streets is dangerous, especially when visibility is low at dawn, dusk/evening, or due to weather. When walking or skating in the street is unavoidable, individuals should stay as close to the curb or outer edge of the road as possible to ensure safety. Individuals are encouraged to wear bright or reflective clothing to enhance visibility for motorists. 

As a reminder, both drivers and bicyclists must come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Drivers should pay special attention to potential bike traffic, especially on streets marked with "sharrows."

Drivers & bicyclists must come to a complete stop and yield:

  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk
  • On school days, when children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk

Drivers & bicyclists must yield to pedestrians at any intersection and:

  • When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk on the driver's side of the roadway and there are no traffic control signals
  • When making a lawful turn on a red light after coming to a complete stop at the white-painted Stop Bar on the pavement
  • After coming to a complete stop at a stop sign at the white-painted Stop Bar on the pavement, or if none, at the stop sign or for a flashing red signal at an intersection
  • When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk before the traffic light changed
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, a walking person symbol or a walk signal
  • When a pedestrian is leaving or entering a street or highway from an alley, building, private road, or driveway

Pedestrians should:

  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks when crossing the street
  • Yield the right of way to drivers by obeying traffic signals, observing walk lights, and using crosswalks
  • Give the right-of-way to drivers when crossing the road at any place other than a marked or unmarked crosswalk, including between closely- spaced intersections where traffic signals are in operation
  • Walk as close to the outside edge of the road as possible, face oncoming traffic, look and listen for cars if walking in the street is necessary
  • Obey railroad gates, and/or warning lights/bells.

 Crosswalk Safety Reminders

• Always cross at marked crosswalks
• Obey any pedestrian signals and look left-right-left
• If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver
• Look before walking past stopped vehicles
• Watch out for bicyclists

• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections
• Be prepared to stop
• Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders
• Come to a complete stop
• Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel
• Never pass another vehicle that is stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk

Bike Safety Reminders

  • Wear helmets & brightly colored clothing.
  • Ride in a group on the right side of the road, no more than two abreast.
  • Biking on the sidewalk in commercial zoning districts of Highland Park is prohibited.
  • Stop at stop signs and obey traffic laws.
  • Signal by voice or bell when approaching pedestrians.

For more information, please see the Illinois Rules of the Road.