Stay Safe and Fit While Walking and Bicycling This Summer

May 7, 2024

There's nothing like stepping outside after a long winter and taking in the fresh Montana air! Walking or biking to run errands or commute is a fantastic way to enjoy the warmer weather and get some exercise. As you do, remember MDT's Vision Zero goal: let's all commit to safety and courtesy on Montana's roads, whether we're driving, biking, or walking.

Here are some key safety tips from MDT to keep in mind:

  • Be Visible: If you're walking or biking, wear bright or reflective clothing so drivers can see you. Pedestrians and cyclists are smaller than vehicles and can be overlooked.
  • Be Alert: Pay attention to your surroundings, especially at intersections. Avoid using distractions like cell phones or headphones when you're on the move - they reduce your awareness and increase risk.
  • Be Considerate: Drivers, please leave a minimum of 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists (more is encouraged and appreciated for safety). Pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks, marked or unmarked, at intersections. When turning, watch for cyclists and pedestrians who might be crossing. Respect each other's space and rights to keep everyone safe.

Lastly, MDT wants to be a resource for you! If you are planning a bicycle or pedestrian focused event this summer (bike rodeos, health fairs, bicycling or running races, and other events), reach out to us at MDTBikePedXYZmtABCgov. We would love to provide safety signage or materials for events!

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Person biking along Montana highway