Pedestrian, Bicycle and Scooter Safety

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Walking
Pedestrians should always use sidewalks whenever they are available. If no sidewalks are available, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder of the roadway and facing traffic.

When mapping walking routes, consider incorporating greenways and trails in addition to sidewalks.

Pedestrian SafetyCycling/Scooters
Bicyclists and those on electric scooters should ride on the street and always with the flow of traffic. Obey all traffic signals and signs as if you were driving a motor vehicle. Share the road with other vehicles and yield to pedestrians. It's recommended to always wear a helmet; it's the safest way to ride a bike and e-scooter.

Cyclists should be sure to keep tires properly inflated and monitor the tread. Check brakes regularly for responsiveness. When possible, ride with others as this increases visibility and can be helpful in case of an emergency or flat tire.

Scooters are meant for one passenger and should travel at a safe speed. When parking scooters, please take care to keep sidewalks clear. Ensure they do not block sidewalks or other passageways for pedestrians or entryways into businesses or buildings. In addition, do not block sidewalk dining areas, bus stops, handicap ramps, driveways or benches. Leave at least five feet for pedestrians. 

Both walkers and cyclists/scooter riders should:

  • Be aware of their surroundings
  • Dress in light colored and proper reflective clothing
  • Use a flashlight in dark areas and wear reflective material when out near dusk or dawn
  • Carry current photo identification
  • Take a cellphone for emergencies

Driving

Don't just look for other cars -- be aware of foot and bicycle traffic as well. Stop for pedestrians and share the road with cyclists.

More Information

Cary's Bike and Hike Map
Town of Cary's Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan
Greenways in Cary

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