Whether you’re a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian, there are rules that need to be followed to keep everyone on the road safe.
- Drivers need to give cyclists at least 3 feet when passing them.
- Cyclists need to follow the same rules of the road as drivers and ride a bike like driving a car. That means riding on the right, stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, and signaling your turns. Riding on the sidewalk is often illegal because it can jeopardize pedestrians.
- Drivers must stop for pedestrians in and at every crosswalk.
- Pedestrians should not walk or run distracted. Look both ways before crossing a street. As a general rule, walk and run against traffic. If there's a sidewalk, walk/run on it instead of in the road.
- Cyclists should always wear a helmet- helmets reduce the risk of brain injury by 88%.
As of Oct 1, 2014 reckless drivers are subject to a mandatory fine if they injure or kill "vulnerable users" who are using reasonable care.
From 2006 to 2012, 10,793 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed or injured while using Connecticut roads.