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Remember to ‘Slow Down, Look Around’ This Fall  

Public safety message urges drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to be on the lookout for one another this back to school season  
   
It is back to school season – that means more parents and students are out and about on our roads walking, playing, and bicycling. As a reminder, the City of Peoria is urging drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to be responsible and on the lookout for one another as students of all ages head back to class.  
   
Startling Stats  
Statistics show that we can and should do better as a City. In Peoria in 2020 alone, 48 pedestrians and 25 bicyclists were involved in crashes involving motor vehicles. That is an average of more than one accident per week according to the City’s recorded crash reports.  
   
To date in 2021, there are reports of 34 pedestrian and 14 bicyclist involved crashes. Plus, there have been 24 combined motorcycle and moped involved crashes.  
   
The concern for safety brings us to, ‘Slow Down, Look Around,’ – a Peoria Public Works public safety campaign geared toward encouraging everyone to share the road and extend common courtesies to avoid accidents.  

  • Reminders for Motorists: Taking the extra time to drive safely is your most important responsibility. Speeding, failing to yield, and running red lights or STOP signs are some of the most common errors drivers make leading to accidents. Drivers are reminded to turn on vehicle headlights at dusk and be vigilant in looking out for cyclists and pedestrians at all times of the day. 
       
  • Reminders for Pedestrians: Be vigilant in your own safety. You should use signaled crosswalks when possible and practice extreme caution when crossing at intersections without signals. Look both ways before crossing the street and never run between cars into the street. Be visible – walking/jogging outdoors at dusk or at night can be dangerous. Bright and reflective clothingcan improve your visibility. 
       
  • Reminders for Bicyclists: If you can’t see them, they can’t see you – be visible. Bicyclists should wear bright and reflective clothing. You should use bike lanes and sharrowswhen possible, or ride with the flow of traffic, on the right, and in a straight line – not in and out of parked cars on the side of the street. Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection.  

Many crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists could have been prevented by exercising caution and keeping eyes peeled for the unexpected. Through this awareness campaign we hope to make our streets safer for all users of all ages and abilities. That can only be done when more drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians share the road and respect others’ presence.  
   
“This message isn’t intended to blame, it’s a message of vigilance and overall safety,” said Peoria Public Works Director, Rick Powers. “As the City moves to more Complete Streets implementations, we’re seeing improved safety conditions on those streets across all modes of transportation. However, Complete Streets only creates an environment. Everyone still needs to always practice vigilance and share the road as best they can regardless of its design.”  
   
Spread the Message:  
Download a campaign flyer to share with your neighbors at: peoriagov.org/public-works/slow-down-look-around/ 

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