Know When To Go
Whether you’re driving, bicycling, walking or riding a transit, it’s essential to know when to go – when it’s legal to go AND when it’s safe to go. Failing to yield right-of-way is a common issue that can have serious consequences.
What does yield mean? To yield means to slow down and to observe the environment around you. If you need to stop due to oncoming traffic, a crossing pedestrian or any other obstacle, stop. If the coast is clear for you to continue, continue.
Yielding is all about YOUR safety. When you fail to yield right-of-way, you take a risk that puts you and the other travelers (drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians) in potential danger. In any yielding situation, make sure you #KnowWhenToGo.
Information Courtesy Alabama Department of Transportation
Common Yielding Situations
“Left Turn Yield on Green” Sign Courtesy Manual of Traffic Signs, by Richard C. Moeur.
Courtesy PEDS © 2008 PEDS
- If you’re a pedestrian, you have the right-of-way when a pedestrian signal gives you the go-ahead.
- When there is no pedestrian signal present, you have the right-of-way when the street is clear for you to begin crossing without causing a driver or bicyclist to slow down, even on campus!
- You also have the right-of-way at 4-way stop intersections.
- If you’re a driver or a bicyclist, you must obey all traffic signals and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are already within the crosswalk. Also make sure the intersection is clear before turning!
Courtesy San Francisco Bicycle Coalition