Tips for keeping walkers, joggers and cyclists safe on the road while exercising or running errands

by Nicole Acker on May 26, 2020

Outdoor activities such as walks, runs, and biking are encouraged while in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. As more people choose walking and bicycling as primary modes of transportation to travel and exercise, creating a safe environment for all roadway users is increasingly important.

Pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists should be mindful to keep at least 6 feet away from each other. While it’s great that social distancing practices are being adhered to, caution is necessary for pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists when overtaking or passing others.

Pedestrians are reminded to be careful and not enter the roadway or street without first looking.

Drivers should also be aware of the increase in foot traffic and be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the street or those close to the roadway.

Nicole Acker is information spokesperson for the Menlo Park Police Department


Kylee May 26, 2020 at 11:22 am

Car drivers should practice social distancing as well and stay 6 feet away from bicyclists and pedestrians.

Jenny Brown May 27, 2020 at 11:38 pm

I don’t understand why it is so difficult for people to walk on the left side of the road when walking/jogging so they are facing traffic.

1) You can see the oncoming traffic that is on “your side” of the road.
2) You may be wearing earphones, so may not hear a car coming behind on “your side” of the road.
3) Electric cars are really quiet – another reason to keep left. So you can see these quote cars approach on “your side” of the road.
4) If for no other reason, then for consistency let’s just obey the law – California Highway Code 21956(a), so we’re not switching back and forth.

Walk on the left- it’s really not that hard.

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