Posts tagged: bicycle safety

ON PARK AVENUE THE CAR IS NO LONGER KING

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By , August 17, 2017 3:23 pm

Park Avenue is transforming to an equal opportunity roadway for cars and bicyclists.  Driving on the newly remodeled Park Avenue and navigating through the pavement markings can have a striking effect. Waterloo is entering a new era. As days go by the unfamiliar marks on the pavement start to become a familiar scene. It all makes sense now, where the bicycles drive, where the cars park, and how fast one should be driving. The visitors will definitely notice the change. At first they might struggle a little bit to figure out where to park their cars. In the end it is all good. Hopefully they will take our message of progress to their home towns. The bike lanes are installed with some safety features. It is always up to the cyclist and the driver to be very careful when they drive or ride along this street. Bicycling is inherently dangerous as the slightest crash can cause injuries.

 

Bicycle Helmets Reduce Head Injuries

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By , May 24, 2013 10:26 am

bicycle helmet-1Bicycle_1The season for increased bicycle activity has arrived. In Black Hawk County about 200 bicyclist visit hospital emergency rooms every year. There is the danger of head injury. Bicycle helmets are proven to reduce head injuries by 80 percent. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention a lot of bicyclists don’t wear a helmet. Children are more at risk. They have a sense of immortality. Children bicycle related deaths and  injuries can be reduced by use of helmets. In Black Hawk County about 50% of the bicycle emergency room visits are people 18 years old and younger.

Cedar Valley Does Not Need Another Pedestrian Fatality

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By , October 21, 2011 11:59 am

Days are becoming shorter. Sadly Cedar Falls and Waterloo both have experienced fatal pedestrian-car crashes in recent years.  Most of our area fatalities have been during dark hours of the day. Some have involved alcohol.  Alcohol impairs a pedestrian just like it impairs a driver.  Pedestrian and bicyclist must help others see them. Wear bright, reflective, and even fluorescent colors. Wear safety retro-reflective gear.  Carry something bright and even a light if possible.   Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6.  Mornings will be darker.  Don’t walk close to the edge of street with your back to traffic.

 

Help Your Child Walk And Ride More Safely

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By , October 10, 2011 12:51 pm

Traffic safety education must start at an early age. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a campaign to provide tools to help children walk and ride more safely.

Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! – Traffic Safety Campaign

Light Colored Clothing & Reflective Gear Makes for Safer Walking and Bicycling

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By , October 5, 2011 9:24 am

Days are getting shorter. Light colored clothing and reflective gear makes walking and bicycling a little safer.

Highway 63 bicycle accommodations possible, per Iowa DOT plan

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By , June 18, 2010 2:40 pm

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Commission has recently adopted a 5-year Transportation Improvement Plan, which spells out the priorities for the Iowa DOT from 2011 to 2016. All of the projects in the plan  – including a rehabilitation project along Highway 63 in Waterloo – could have bicycle accommodations, like paved shoulders. Interstate or freeway projects are not included in this list.

The list of projects to be initiated in fiscal year 2011 – including the Highway 63 project – is listed on the Iowa Bicycle Coalition website.

RAGBRAI is around the corner!

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By , June 9, 2010 8:00 am

RAGBRAI 2010 will be rolling through Waterloo before you know it! The city will be an overnight stop on Thursday, July 29. It’s important that Cedar Valley drivers are aware of the routes, as thousands of bicyclists will be wheeling their way into and out of town. Are you avoiding certain roads during RAGBRAI? Leave a comment and let us know!

To view the full statewide route map, click here.
To view the Waterloo route map, click here.
To view a map of Waterloo, click here.

Media spotlight shines on driving safety

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By , April 21, 2010 4:40 pm

The word is out. Drive Safe Cedar Valley – and new campaign spokesperson Nick Anderson – are on a mission to save lives. The Courier shared that news with the Cedar Valley this week. Read the article here – and help us spread the word to encourage safe driving habits!

As part of his commitment to safety awareness, Nick wants to know what worries you most – whether it’s texting, drinking and driving, or pedestrian and bike safety in the Cedar Valley. Is there a busy intersection or street in the Cedar Valley that concerns you? What kind of safety measures do you take behind the wheel? Leave a comment. Share your ideas. Because our lives are in your hands. And together, we can make the Cedar Valley a safer place to drive and live.