Pedestrian safety stressed at Kings Bay

Whether jogging, walking or bicycle riding keep safety in the front of your minds.

Per OPNAVINST 5100.12H, certain guidelines must be followed to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Jogging and walking should be done on sidewalks and bicycle riding on bicycle paths to the greatest extent possible. Pedestrians and bicyclists should always be aware of auto traffic.

During times of restricted visibility, such as darkness, fog, or heavy rain, all efforts must be made to become more visible by wearing light-colored clothing, reflective vests and other bright or lighted items. The use of flashlights can help individuals be more visible.

Bicycles used between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on front which has a white light visible for 500 feet to the front, and a red reflector visable 600 feet to the rear. The light may be a blinking or steady light.

While bicycling, all personnel shall wear helmets approved by the Consumer Safety Product Commission, ANSI and Snell while riding anywhere on base.

Only workers operating bicycles in industrial areas that require the use of ANSI approved helmets for protection from falling and flying objects are allowed to use hard hats, with chin straps, instead of bicycle helmets.

Wearing of portable headphones, earphones or other listening devices while jogging, walking, bicycling or skating on roads and streets on Naval installations is prohibited. A road is defined as that part of a traffic way which includes both the roadway and any shoulder alongside the roadway. These items may be used on bicycle paths as long as they are removed when crossing roads and streets.

When operating a privately owned vehicle, it is your responsibility to be mindful of pedestrians. You should approach crosswalks with caution.

Remember pedestrians have the right of way while crossing the street. Yield to pedestrians.

“For most uses,” Corcoran adds, “having a general purpose, emergency flashlight, ready in a drawer at home or in your car, 50 to 80 lumens is adequate. With a focusing flashlight — going from spot to floodlight — then more lumens will provide a much better beam, with what we call spill which allows you to see well around the periphery of the centrally illuminated area.”

There are more flashlight manufacturer today — both foreign and U.S. based — than ever before, making selection a bit complicated, because of newer LED’s and quantum leaps in light transmission optics.

Coast packages their flashlights in a way that permits testing, right in the store — a definite advantage. We like their PX-45, which goes for around $45. It is very bright, has a twist focus, and runs for seven hours on three AAA batteries.

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