“Be seen/Be Safe” kicks off awareness campaign to help riders stay safe
With daylight saving time now over, TriMet reminds riders about its Night Stop program. The program aims to help bus riders stay safe during the darker fall and winter months, allowing operators to drop riders off along the route between bus stops – if it’s safe to do so.
How Night Stop works
- Between 8 p.m and 5 a.m.
- Neighborhoods outside Downtown Portland and the Lloyd District
- Drop-offs only
- Rider asks operator a block or two ahead of the destination whether he/she can be let off at a non-designated stop location.
- Operator will determine if there is a safe spot for the rider to deboard.
- If the bus is turning left in the same block as the requested stop, the rider will be let off the bus after the turn is made.
Standing out in the dark
In the dark morning and evening hours, it can be difficult for bus operators to spot riders at some stops. TriMet offers these tips:
- Wave as the bus approaches.
- Wave a reflector, safety strobe light, small flashlight or cell phone display light to alert the operator as the bus approaches. Some mobile devices and apps have a strobe or light feature for this purpose.
- Please, DO NOT shine lights in operators’ eyes.
Be seen, be safe
Being seen is not just about catching the bus; it’s also about being safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian fatalities occur most often in the months of October, November and December. Here are tips to increase visibility:
- Wear reflective clothing such as shoes, backpacks and jackets that have reflective materials.
- Add reflective tape and strips to shoes, backpacks, bags, jacket sleeves, pant legs, bicycle frames and spokes, bike helmets.
- Use a reflective safety vest.
- Use lights freely, whether on a bike or flashing blinky lights attached to clothing or bags.
“During my more than 31 years as a safety and security professional, I have been reminded time and time again that practicing safe behavior is a shared responsibility,” said TriMet Safety and Security Executive Harry Saporta. “Whether we’re driving, walking or biking, each of us needs to do all we can to be seen and see everyone.” Saporta shares more insights on being seen and safe on TriMet’s How We Roll blog.
TriMet and Drive Less Save More street teams will be out at busy transit centers during the morning commutes this week through Friday, Nov. 9 reminding riders to be seen and be safe.