Have you noticed the days getting shorter and the roads getting wetter and icier? You're not alone, and you're not letting it stop you from traveling the streets of Lebanon! The Lebanon Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee (LBPAC) would like to share a checklist to make sure you are exercising safety and respect for yourself and others while getting where you need to go.
- Do you have bright-colored clothing and lights for visibility when you are out biking and walking in Lebanon, whether on or along roads, sidewalks, and paths?
- When at road crossings, please look both ways before advancing, and beware of vehicles turning off side roads! This is important to practice even when a location is signed for pedestrians and cyclists, and certainly worth regularly reminding young people about.
- And drivers, as the evening hours darken sooner, are you recommitting to 100% distraction-free awareness of your surroundings, especially at intersections and in narrow corridors?
- Regardless of how you travel, watching your speed is critical! Never assume that people can see or hear you approaching them - keep a speed that lets you yield to others when necessary.
- Our final and best tip is to plan ahead, and knowing your community is part of that. The Walk Bike Ride Leb (WBRL) Plan will include a route guide and in the meantime, you can access some helpful maps of local facilities. We also encourage people to reach out to the Lebanon Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee (LBPAC) with questions about routes in the City.
The LPBAC promotes communication, exchanges ideas and concerns between users of the City’s bicycle and pedestrian facilities and local officials, and supports engagement tools like the WBRL Survey results to understand and prioritize citizen concerns. To learn more about LPBAC, visit the LPBAC web page.