After a long winter and spring, residents want to enjoy the fresh warm air of summer. Whether it be going for a walk or bicycling throughout the Village alone, with friends, or with our furry animal friends, it is a good reminder to follow some simple rules to keep us safe. Below are some guidelines for walking and bicycling:
- Walk against traffic (left side of roadway): Facing traffic gives pedestrians the ability to see vehicles as they come toward them. This allows for pedestrians to get out of the way/dodge traffic, if necessary. The use of a sidewalk, if accessible, is always recommended.
- Bike with traffic (same as with vehicles): Bicyclists also must obey all traffic laws (Minnesota Statute 169.222, Subdivision 1).
- When biking at night: When riding at night, you must have both a front light and a rear red reflector attached to your bike. This helps motorists better detect you in the dark. (Minnesota Statute 169.222, Subdivision 6).
- Wear bright colors: Wearing bright colors helps drivers see you. And when walking at night, wear a reflective vest and a small flashing light.
- Put away your cell phone: Looking at your cell phone distracts you from the environment and other surroundings. You may not notice other vehicles, walkers, or runners that are heading in your direction.
- Using a short leash for animals: Using a short leash for your furry friend allows them to be safe from darting into traffic. This also keeps them at a secure distance from other walkers and bikers.
Reminder for pet owners: There is a City ordinance against having an animal off leash when not on your own property. This includes public parks—even if the park is enclosed with a fence, such as at Central Park. The Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding animals at large in the park area. Learn more about St. Anthony pet ordinances at savmn.com/PetOrdinances