Traffic safety tips as students head back to school

Dublin, Livermore police urge motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians to obey safety rules

With schools opening this week, the Livermore Police Department is urging everyone throughout the Tri-Valley would like to read the following back to school traffic safety tips and share them with family, friend, and co-workers.

Bicycle Safety: For children riding their bicycle to school, make sure they wear their bicycle helmet correctly. Ensure that they know and follow all the bicycling laws, including riding on the right-hand side of the road (same direction as traffic), stopping for stop signs and only one rider on a bike.

Pedestrian Safety: Students must cross at the signal lights or marked crosswalks. Any students observed crossing in the middle of the street (jaywalking) may be cited. This also includes trips off campus at brunch and lunchtime.

Driving in school zones: Abide by all traffic laws. Remember the speed limit in school zones is 25mph when children are present (regardless of the posted speed). Also keep in mind the safe speed for conditions may be quite a bit slower in school zones due to increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic, so drive cautiously.

Dropping off in or near the school: All schools have a designated drop off area for students. Some areas are unstaffed and some are staffed with student valets. Take advantage of these safe and legal areas to drop off your child. Never drop off a child in the middle of the street, even if traffic is stopped.

Parking at the school: The school's parking lot may have been re-striped or posted so abide by all curb markings in and around the school. The curbs are specifically marked for safe maneuvering and visibility.

Red curb- You can never stop, stand or park your vehicle in a red zone.

Yellow curb- Drop off only, you may not park and exit your vehicle.

Green curb- Time limit parking, regulated by a posted sign and curb marking.

Blue curb- This is for disabled persons and buses that transport disabled students

Driving and parking in school zones can be a hectic time. Try the following tips, they may make your journey more pleasant.

Arrive early- Even 5 minutes earlier can make a difference.

Afternoon time, arrive a little later- Only if your child is of age.

Carpooling- One seatbelt per occupant.

Prearrange a location for your child to wait for you- Park a block away. Make sure the location is safe and legal for you to stop in.

Walk or ride your bicycle to school- Parents should walk/ride with their student until they feel confident with their child's abilities.

Dublin Police also reminded students, parents, and area residents to allow extra time when traveling during school drop-off and pick-up times, and to drive cautiously and act courteously toward others.

"Pedestrians crossing the street --both in crosswalks and at intersections -- have the right-of-way, and drivers must yield to them at all times," a police spokesman said.

Dublin police will be providing traffic education and enforcement around all Dublin schools this week, including enforcement of "no texting while driving." Posted speed limits around schools when children are present is 25 mph, police said.

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Posted by Concerned Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

I completely support teaching our children bicycle rules. Just wondering however, why adult bike riders don't have to follow the same rules. I rarely see them stop at red lights or stop signs. Within the last week, I've had to avoid bicyclists that almost hit me as I was crossing in a crosswalk at a stop sign. Also had an incident when after stopping at a stop sign in my car and proceeding to go, a bike rider from the other direction rushed right in front of me without stopping,causing me to nearly hit him. Why are we teaching our children and not our adults?

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

There is a thread on this very topic elsewhere in this forum. One great idea from that thread would be for the PD to treat bicyclists who ride in the street the same as car drivers and issue tickets for offenders.
Fair and equal treatment under the law??

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Posted by Sirena
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

There needs to be Police patrolling on West Los Positas from 3:05 to 3:15 at Hart Middle School. There are parents double parking in the bike lanes & sometimes extending onto the street. A women actually got out of her car to talk to another person who was parked in the street causing traffic to stop. Cars trying to make a right hand turn onto Willow when children are trying to cross the street causing the children to walk between the cars. Cars in the intersection of West los Positas and Willow when the light is red. Children last year were well behaved, it's the same parents day after day who seem to be above the law. Motor Police Officers for 10 to 15 minutes might solve the problem and insure safety of the kids.

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Legally speaking, bicycle riders on the street (rather than the sidewalk, where it is legal in Pleasanton) are subject to the same traffic laws as automobile drivers. There has long been a movement to shift the interpretation of street signs for cyclists such that a stop sign serves as a yield sign, and a red light serves as a stop sign. It has been shown in cities that have done this that it actually reduces bike/auto accidents and keeps traffic from being slowed down by bike traffic. It sounds weird, but there you go. As bored as the P'ton police often seem, they certainly have the time to cite cyclists. Some are more attentive to road rules than others, but this is true of automobile drivers, as well. I can't tell you how often I see drivers roll through stop signs or speed up through red lights, illegal U-turns and unsafe lane changes, not to mention that just about nobody obeys any of the speed limits. -- In any case, all drivers, all cyclists, all pedestrians have a responsibility to be attentive when traveling the mean streets of the suburbs...

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I should also mention, since it is more pertinent to the original article, that I strongly support kids riding bikes and/or walking to school. The long lines of idling automobiles dropping off or picking up kids from the schools is a pretty awful sight and smell with all the exhaust. Keep in mind that every ten minutes of idling results in one pound of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. If you're going to line up for your kids, be considerate of pedestrians and residents and turn off your engine while you wait!

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Posted by Mary Green
a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Students should be very careful while going to school. The roads and streets could bring a lot of danger. Though they should be instructed about it by their parents and taught it in their school. Life safety tips should be studied in school and every student should write an essay and pass the test on it, not order the paper from Web Link or any other service, but to deliver it to the teacher in time and do it on your own.

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