Town of Milton issues safety tips for biking in school zones

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Published September 21, 2022 at 10:03 am

Amid the back-to-school season, the Town of Milton has issued some safety tips for biking in school zones.

To ensure a safe trip when riding a bike, the Town is reminding cyclists under the age of 18 to always wear a helmet.

Additionally, cyclists are reminded to ride in the same direction as traffic, use the designated bike lane where available and ride beside parked cars as if all the car doors were open.

“As long as you are riding in a straight line, motorists coming from behind will see you and give you enough space,” reads the Town’s website.

Cyclists are also encouraged to use hand signals early when turning or stopping which lets drivers know what they are going to do next.

It’s also important for cyclists to stop at stop signs, red lights, at the edge of the road, for stopped school buses when their lights are flashing, for pedestrians at crosswalks and at all railroad crossings when signals are flashing and down.

In an effort to help the community feel safe during the back-to-school season, the Town of Milton announced the introduction of three one-year speed reduction pilot programs in high-traffic school zones earlier this month.

Along with the reminder to cyclists, the Town has also issued reminders to drivers and pedestrians to always be aware of their surroundings in school zones as well as around town.

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