Safety Information & Tips

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 Safe Streets for All

Safe Streets are all about team work. No matter how you get around everyone can experience Charlottesville better if we all follow the rules of the road.


Look both ways before crossing the street. Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross.

Always cross at an intersection or crosswalk.  This is where drivers are expecting you. Use crosswalks wherever possible and obey crossing signals.

Be Alert. Put down your phone, remove your headphones and watch out for others while crossing the street.

Walk facing traffic. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, as far from the travel lane as possible.




Ride with the flow of traffic and follow all signs/signals. Bicycles are considered vehicles when traveling in the road.  Bicycles should not be ridden on sidewalks or the Downtown Mall.

Always wear your helmet.  It reduces the chance of injury. Bicyclist's 14 years old and younger are required to wear one.

Use lights at night. The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).



Check brakes and wheels before riding. Report damaged scooters to the appropriate company.

Wear a helmet and ride in bike lanes (where available). Scooters should not be ridden on sidewalks or the Downtown Mall.

Park with care on the sidewalk. Park near bike racks or by the curbside.



Yield to Pedestrians. Drivers should yield to pedestrians at all intersections and marked crossings, especially when turning.

Keep a safe distance. If you need to pass a bicyclist while driving, slow down and allow for three feet passing space between you.

Slow down to get around. Vehicles traveling even at slow speeds can cause serious injuries and fatalities.

Pay close attention – limit distractions. Limit distractions from smart phones and other mobile devices.  Life is stressful enough without accidents, injuries and higher insurance premiums!



Park near bike racks or by the curbside. Keep sidewalks, curb ramps and building entrances free for pedestrians.

Do not block bike lanes.

Check before opening car door. Look out your mirror and over your shoulder toward the back of the car to check for people biking before opening the door. 


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