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10. Sharing the Road

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Pedestrian Responsibilities


When walking on the side of the roadway, you should use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, you may walk on the roadway, but must face oncoming traffic and as far to your left as possible.

You are not permitted on any toll bridge or highway crossing, or in any tunnel unless there is a sidewalk more than three feet wide, with signs telling you that pedestrians are permitted to use it.

Wear bright or reflective clothing, day and night, when walking along a roadway that does not have a sidewalk.

Don’t walk or jog on any freeway where signs tell you that pedestrians are not allowed. A significant cause of accidents is pedestrians walking on roadways while intoxicated, wearing headphones, or otherwise not paying attention to traffic. It is dangerous to wear headphones while walking on roadways because you cannot hear approaching vehicles. It is dangerous to walk on railroad tracks. Joggers, runners, rollerbladers, and skateboarders must also obey all pedestrian rules.

Rollerbladers and skateboarders may be prohibited from using sidewalks by local authority, but must otherwise obey all pedestrian rules. It is illegal to stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle (hitchhiking).

Pedestrians are not allowed to walk, jog, or run in bicycle lanes when there are sidewalks.

You can make yourself more visible at night by wearing white or light-colored clothing and retro-reflective materials and by wearing or carrying some sort of light such as a flashlight. Wearing only white clothing does not always guarantee your safety.

Pedestrians may only cross roadways at intersections using crosswalks. Pedestrians should not stop or delay traffic unnecessarily when crossing a street.

Some special signs are used only for pedestrians. The crosswalk is that part of the pavement where the sidewalk lines would extend across the street and are areas set aside for people to cross the street.

Lesson Summary


  

Lesson 10 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

  1. If you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights:


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  2. The most common collision in a work zone is from:


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  3. An orange trianglular sign on the back of a vehicle means:


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  4. In the United States, a bicyclist is killed:


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  5. Pedestrians comprise about what ratio of traffic fatalities?


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