Be Bright

Bicycling tips:(courtesy of OSP and the OSU Department of Public Safety)Safe riding:

  • If the lane is too narrow for cars to safely pass you, ride in the center of the lane to avoid having cars attempt to pass you unsafely.

Maneuvering:

  • Always ride with, not against, the traffic.
  • Right-of-way rules are law and common courtesy.
  • Yield to pedestrians, roller-skaters, skateboarders and people walking their bicycles. Ride single-file.

Good citizenship:

  • Obey all traffic signs. Bicyclists must obey the same signals and laws as other drivers.

Motorist tips: (courtesy of Government of Connecticut)

  • Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow.
  • Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists.
  • Do not pass bicyclists if oncoming traffic is near.
  • Do not pass bicyclists if you will be making a right turn immediately afterward. Always assume bicyclists are traveling through unless they signal.

Pedestrian safety: (courtesy of ODOT)

  • Every year in Oregon, the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur at night or in low-light hours. More than half of the pedestrians killed were wearing dark clothing and were not visible. In 2012, ODOT reported that pedestrian fatalities in Oregon were up 23 percent from the previous year.

Benny is here to help you Be Bright! Be Seen! He’s got a few tips that will help bikers, pedestrians and drivers have a safer commute, and make Oregon’s dark, rainy winter days and nights a little brighter.

Benny knows the key to a safe commute is to be seen. Using lights, reflective tape, along with wearing light-colored clothes makes you more visible as a biker or pedestrian. Stand out and stay safe.

Be Bright! Is a collaborative effort between Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis (http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/) to encourage Corvallis citizens and the OSU community to increase their visibility on their daily commute. Getting around safely during Corvallis’ long, dark winters can be tough, but there are ways to make it easier. Don’t blend in with the gray, stand out!

Look below for tips on what to wear, how to gear up and how to make your trip across campus and around town safe.

Here are some other links that can help you as you brighten your commute:

Make a flashy entrance

Biking and walking are great ways to get around town. You don’t use gas, you get plenty of exercise and fresh air, and you don’t have to worry about parking. But after a couple of close calls with drivers and other bikers, it can sometimes be a little scary out there.

Wearing dark clothes and not using lights or reflective gear make it nearly impossible for others to see you once the sun goes down. Add a little rain, and you blend in with the scenery. But it’s not hard to stand out. All you need is a little illumination. Be seen with lights, reflective gear, and bright colors.

Be a glowing success

Oregon law requires a bright white light on the front of your bike after dark, but plenty of bikers don’t follow that rule, and others just forget to turn them on when it gets dark. Being bright is as easy as installing bright lights on the front and rear of your bike or clipping a blinking light to your backpack, umbrella or coat if you’re walking. Bikers and walkers also benefit by wearing bright gear with reflective strips, wrist or ankle bands. See, being seen is fashionable! Lights and other safety gear is available at Corvallis area bike shops.

Illuminate your wardrobe

Reflective tape allows you to flex your creative muscles and create amazing and fashionable designs on your outer gear. Carry an illuminated umbrella to really make an impact. Use a flashlight or turn your cellphone into a glowing beacon with one of many free flashlight apps. Clip blinking lights to your backpack or hat, or pin them onto the back of your coat.

Stay Sharp, Be Bright

Drivers and other bikers have another important role: paying attention. Even when bikers and pedestrians are fully illuminated, drivers only looking for other cars or paying attention to things inside their car can be extremely dangerous. It’s your responsibility to share the road, and keep an eye out for bikes and pedestrians when crossing intersections, turning, and generally making your way around town.