Sharing the Street Etiquette

Being safe and courteous will help make Open Streets a great experience for everyone.

 

For all Participants

  • If you stop please move to side of road out of traffic flow of other bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Park bicycles off roadway.
  • Be alert – be aware and respect the people around you.
  • Be courteous – ride with the flow and be patient with people moving at slower speeds. Slower traffic has the right of way.
  • Be aware that some cars may be on the road, and yield to cars that are permitted to drive on the route.
  • Be respectful of private property.
  • Properly throw trash away in garbage and recycling containers along the route.
  • Refrain from using headphones or cell phones in the street in order hear communication from other participants.
  • Be safe and have fun!


Cyclists, Skaters & Boarders

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way – bikers, skaters and boarders must yield to pedestrians.
  • Be courteous of children and older adults – whether they are on bike or foot – ride slowly and carefully when they are present.
  • Pass safely: look and signal before changing lanes, use a bell, or say “on your left.”
  • Obey posted traffic signs and regulations.
  • Be mindful to ride in a straight line and not make sudden turns.
  • Always ride in the direction of traffic. Keep on the right, pass on the left.
  • Wear a helmet. It’s the law for bicyclists under the age of 18 in California.


Walkers & Joggers

  • Be aware of cyclists and other participants on wheels.
  • Look first before turning to avoid collisions.


Dog Walkers

  • Keep dogs on a short leash at all times
  • Please clean up after your pet

Adapted from “Sharing the Streets Etiquette”, San Mateo Streets Alive, www.streetsalivesmc.org

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