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Pedestrian and cyclist safety in Houston, TX

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Injuries

As Houston, TX, continues to grow, so does the concern for pedestrian and bicycle accidents. These collisions often result in severe injuries.

Promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety requires a collective effort and awareness. Everyone sharing Houston’s roads needs to do their part.

Motorist responsibilities

Motorists should follow speed limits, especially in areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Slower speeds often enhance reaction time and reduce the severity of potential accidents.

Yielding the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections is essential. Giving pedestrians enough time to cross safely promotes a safer environment.

Remaining attentive to their surroundings helps motorists anticipate potential hazards and take necessary precautions.

Pedestrian obligations

Pedestrians should use sidewalks and crosswalks when available. Crossing at designated locations increases visibility and reduces the risk of collisions.

Follow traffic signals, including walk and don’t walk signs. Pedestrians should wait for signals indicating it is safe to cross.

Wearing reflective clothing or using flashlights to enhance visibility promotes awareness among motorists.

Bicyclist requirements

Bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists. This includes obeying traffic signals, yielding when necessary and riding in the same direction as traffic flow.

Utilizing designated bike lanes when available enhances safety for cyclists. Staying within these lanes reduces the risk of collisions with motor vehicles.

While wearing helmets is a recognized safety measure for cyclists, Texas does not have a law requiring their use. Regardless, using a helmet can help to protect you.

Why injuries are often severe

Pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable in collisions with larger, heavier vehicles. Although cyclists may wear helmets, pedestrians and cyclists do not have enough personal protection to avoid injuries.

The high speeds of motor vehicles, lack of designated bike lanes and limited pedestrian infrastructure can also contribute to the increased severity of injuries sustained in these accidents.

Shared commitment

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists must uphold their responsibilities to create a safer environment for everyone sharing the road.