Engage in the ADOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Program
As Arizona personal injury attorneys, we are grateful that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has developed a website to educate residents about bicycle and pedestrian safety. The website, located at www.azbikeped.org, provides resources to help people safely integrate biking and walking into their daily commute. The site recognizes that these activities are a great way to get exercise, enjoy the beauty of the state, as well as impact the environment in a more positive way. Here are some of the great resources the site offers:
“Be Safe, Bike Smart.” The site offers a great list of safety tips you can follow to bike safely throughout the state, including riding on the right, obeying traffic laws, wearing a helmet, signaling before you turn and stop, and many other important tips. Parents can go through these tips with children as well as read them as a reminder to themselves before biking.
“Safe Routes to School Information.” The site also offers many valuable resources for parents who have children walking to school, including the safest routes to take, how to talk to your children about pedestrian safety, and other great tips to keep your loved ones safe. There is also plenty of information for college students as well. The site also contains links to other valuable websites, including the National Safety Council on Pedestrian Safety, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and more.
“Health Benefits of Walking.” Apart from providing valuable safety information, the site also tells you some of the reasons why you should walk or bike to work and school. The site leads you to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and all of the information they contain.
“Maps.” The site contains many great maps to help you navigate safely throughout the state. This is a valuable resource for people to pick the best routes and stay safe as they bike and walk.
“Education.” Finally, the site offers an educational section about the rules of the road. The information is for bikers and pedestrians of all ages. They include maps, “Arizona Street Smarts,” a guide for bicyclists and motorists, and bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness campaign materials. This information can be used to educate yourself and your family as well as larger groups of people such as your coworkers, your fellow church members, or your school staff.
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