Environmental Health and Safety

Hours: 
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Phone: 530-898-5126

After Hours Contact:
UPD 898-5555

Department Zip: 0019

Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed Friday

Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Autumn is approaching, and with the seasonal changes, it is important to learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Be Safe and Be Seen:  Make Yourself Visible to Drivers

  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials. 
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street in well-lit areas at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be Smart and Alert:  Avoid Dangerous Behaviors

  • Always walk on the sidewalk.  If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Do not assume vehicles will stop.  Make eye contact with drivers, do not just look at the vehicle. 
  • Do not rely solely on pedestrian signals.  Look before you cross the road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

Be Careful at Crossing: Look Before You Step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles.  Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding.  Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Do not wear headphones, earbuds, text or talk on a cellphone while crossing.

Bicycle Safety:

  • Wear bright/light colored or reflective clothing to make yourself visible.
  • Wear a properly fitted helmet.
  • Before riding check your equipment, such as tires and brakes.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.  Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings (it is actually the law.) 
  • Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars.  Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
  • Always lookout for road hazards, such as potholes; broken glass, gravel, wet leaves, and dogs.  Also watch for parked cars, doors opening, and cars pulling in and out of driveways.
  • When riding at night, make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle, and tires.
  • And whether you are walking or riding, do not wear headphones, earbuds, or talk on a cellphone while riding.

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