August is National Traffic Awareness Month, a topic of particular relevance at the Lab. Our hill site’s winding and narrow roads can hide everything from pedestrians to bicyclists to wayward turkeys. Our sites in Emeryville and Berkeley are situated in busy urban environments. As an added layer of concern, our hill site has several construction projects that add noise, road congestion, and uneven traffic to the mix. All of these scenarios require drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to maintain awareness as they move around the Lab. Take a moment to review the safety tips below, and practice safe driving, cycling, and walking at the Lab.

Drivers:

  • Follow the posted speed limit, which onsite is 15 m.p.h. unless otherwise posted
  • Look out for pedestrians and wildlife onsite
  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Watch for other vehicles and pedestrians when backing up
  • Maintain at least a 3-foot distance from cyclists
  • Do not pass the shuttles when they are stopped
  • Be aware of signage when you’re driving near a construction area. Approach cautiously and obey traffic flaggers and stop/go signs

Cyclists:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Obey all traffic rules, signs, and speed limits
  • Use safety gear (helmets, headlamp, reflective devices, etc.)
  • Use appropriate hand signals to communicate changes
  • Ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic

Pedestrians:

  • Use crosswalks: Drivers are more likely to expect you in crosswalks and react accordingly
  • Listen to what your parents said; look both ways before crossing the street
  • Be mindful of uneven walking surfaces
  • Avoid distractions such as using your cellphone while walking
  • Hold onto or hover your hand over a handrail while walking on stairs

Resources
Traffic & Pedestrian Safety
Construction Impacts

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