Walk, Bike, Drive Safe

September 2, 2016

The start of a new academic year brings more traffic throughout the Yale campus in the form of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Whether you are walking, riding a bike or driving, we want you to get where you are going safely. By taking basic precautions and being aware of your surroundings, the likelihood of accidents and injuries can be dramatically reduced. It takes all of these groups working together to ensure each other’s safety.

Take the Pledge

On Wednesday, September 7th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, members of the Yale Traffic Safety Committee, Yale Police Department and Environmental Health and Safety will be in the area of College and Grove Streets to raise awareness about pedestrian safety, including the use of digital devices while walking. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, September 9th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

We are asking students and members of the Yale Community to sign a pledge promising not to text and walk and to ensure others do the same. If you are in the area, please stop by and sign the pledge.

At the same time, we will also be stationed at some of the more popular bike routes on campus to discuss safety rules and precautions for bicyclists.

Basic Safety Rules

No matter your mode of transportation, we encourage you to practice the following basic safety rules:

Pedestrians: As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to make yourself visible and avoid dangerous behavior and situations. It is important to realize that vehicles may not always stop. 

Bicyclists: Same road, same rules. Follow signs, obey traffic signals, ride with traffic and use lights at night. Don’t bike on sidewalks as it against the law. If you need to be on the sidewalk to get to your location, dismount and walk your bike until you can use the road again. Click here to register for a free bicycle safety training session.  

Motorists: It is important for drivers to be aware of crossing pedestrians and bicyclists at all times, whether they are in marked or unmarked crosswalks. It is also the driver’s responsibility to maintain safe driving habits when driving through residential and school areas.

If you have a traffic safety concern, the City of New Haven monitors citizen concerns regarding traffic safety in order to make improvements through the SeeClickFix website at http://seeclickfix.com/new-haven#welcome.

We hope to see you Wednesday, September 7th to take the pledge.

- Yale Environmental Health and Safety