Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian safety

Dickinson College is located within Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a combination of local and state roads both bordering and intersecting campus.  Further adding to the infrastructure are an interstate and a turnpike that border the outskirts of the town as well as a railroad directly intersecting several intersections, even cutting through campus.  It is even critical for pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise caution when interacting with these different vehicles. 

Walking/Running

  • Use the sidewalk, if present, when walking or running 
  • Make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street and ensure their vehicle comes to a complete stop before crossing the street
  • Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Cross the street only at designated crosswalks and by activating, and waiting for, the electronic walk-sign crossing signal
  • Where crossing-guards are present, wait for their signal to cross before doing so
  • Avoid cellphone use while walking

For more information about pedestrian safety, click on the following links:

NHTSA     PennDOT

Bicyclists

hand signals
  • Wear your helmet
  • Stop at all stop signs
  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Use hand-signals when changing direction
  • Use bike lights when riding after dark
  • Register your bike with DPS for security purposes

For more information about bicycle safety, click here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists

Railroad Safety

  • Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings
  • Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it’s safe to do so
  • Do not attempt to hop aboard railroad equipment at any time
  • Be aware trains do not follow set schedules
  • Narrow wheels can get caught between the rails.  If on a bike, dismount and walk-don’t ride- across the tracks.  Always cross at a 90-degree angle.
  • Turn off music and remove earphones at all rail crossings
  • If you see a train coming, WAIT!

For more information on railroad safety, click here: https://oli.org/

train safety