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Make the Safe Choice Safety Day Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Make the Safe Choice, Take Safety Along When You Ride

Are you riding safely? Test your skills in the Take Safety Along When You Ride game.

At SEPTA, safety is a top priority 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but how often do you think about safety when you travel?

Whether you're riding a SEPTA Bus or Trolley or sharing the road with us on your bicycle,
we want you to always think safe so you can stay safe.

By making these tips part of your travel routine you can partner with SEPTA and Take Safety Along When You Ride.

Please take a moment to read and share this information with family and friends. We want you to make safe decisions around transit services. We value your personal safety.

BROCHURE: Download the Take Safety Along When You Ride PDF Brochure

BIKE & RIDE

SEPTA is a bicycle friendly transit system. We welcome bicycles on our vehicles and sharing the road with us. Our operators are trained to use their eyes and mirrors to guard against any potential hazards that might be coming up on either side of their vehicle. But there may be times when you are out of the line of sight - we ask that you look out for us and we will look out for you.

  • Obey all traffic signals including lights and stop signs
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Ride predictably and in a straight line
  • Use hand signals before turning, stopping, or changing lanes
  • Keep an eye out for bus turn signals
  • Do not pass a bus on the right hand side when passengers are boarding or exiting
  • If the bus is curbed at a stop, pass to the left of the bus when it is safe to do so
  • When bus operators signal their intent while approaching a stop or merging into traffic, allow the bus plenty of room
  • Always yield to pedestrians
  • Be aware of vehicle doors opening and closing
  • Bike lights/reflectors and reflective clothing help the operator see you at night
  • Stay alert, avoid the use of headphones while in traffic
  • Cross trolley tracks at a perpendicular angle


TRAVEL ON SEPTA

  • ALWAYS hold onto your children's hand when waiting for transit services
  • Don't let your children wander - transit areas are busy places
  • Stay behind the yellow line on station platforms
  • Let passengers exit before you attempt to board
  • Don't lean against doors
  • If you're standing while you ride, HOLD ON TIGHT to the poles or seat rails
  • Watch your step closely and make sure you have a firm footing when getting on or off
  • Read posted emergency evacuation instructions so you'll know what to do in the event of an emergency. Be ALERT for instructions from the Conductor/Operator or authorized personnel


MARKET FRANKFORD & BROAD STREET LINES

  • Stay BEHIND the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop
  • Be alert for Express trains - don't assume every train is stopping at your station
  • ALWAYS be aware of the gap between the train and the station platform
  • DON'T attempt to open or hold open the train doors
  • NEVER attempt to board or exit a moving train - avoid the risk of serious injury
  • DON'T pass between the cars when the train is moving


NORRISTOWN HIGH SPEED LINE

  • Stay BEHIND the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop
  • Be alert for Express trains - don't assume every train is stopping at your station
  • ALWAYS be aware of the gap between the train and the station platform
  • Don't STAND NEAR or DISTRACT your operator when the vehicle is moving
  • NEVER cross the tracks. ALWAYS use the dedicated overpass or underpass to safely cross to the other side of the station
  • NEVER trespass by walking along side or in the track area


TROLLEYS

  • The safest place to wait for the trolley is the sidewalk or the boarding island
  • Make sure the operator sees you
  • DON'T step out in front of an approaching trolley - it may not be picking up customers
  • NEVER trespass by walking along side or in the track area
  • NEVER cross the tracks. ALWAYS use the designated cross walk and look both ways before crossing
  • A trolley will go through a road crossing when it has the "right-of-way" signal - ALWAYS STOP and WAIT until it passes
  • NEVER walk directly in front of or behind a trolley. Maintain a safe distance within sight of the Operator
  • Stay alert around street intersections -ALWAYS STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the street for other traffic
  • DON'T STAND NEAR or DISTRACT your operator while the vehicle is moving


BUS & TRACKLESS TROLLEY

  • ALWAYS stay on the sidewalk or walkway -especially at loops and transportation centers
  • ALWAYS be aware of the height between the first step on the vehicle and the curb
  • Need the bus lowered to board or exit, ask the operator
  • NEVER walk out onto the bus driveway or trespass on SEPTA property to take a short cut
  • NEVER walk directly in front of or behind a bus or trackless trolley. Maintain a safe distance within sight of the Operator
  • Stay alert around street intersections -ALWAYS STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the street for other traffic
  • Request your stop by using the cord or signal bar inside the vehicle
  • If you're not familiar with the route tell the Operator which stop you need when you board and then listen for announcements
  • Don't STAND NEAR or DISTRACT your operator while the vehicle is moving


REGIONAL RAIL LINES

  • Stay BEHIND the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop
  • Be alert for Express trains - don't assume every train is stopping at your station
  • ALWAYS be aware of the gap between the train and the station platform
  • DON'T attempt to open or hold open the train doors
  • NEVER attempt to board or exit a moving train - avoid the risk of serious injury
  • DON'T pass between the cars when the train is moving
  • NEVER trespass by walking along side or in the track area


FOR TRAVEL AROUND REGIONAL RAIL LINES

  • STOP when you see and hear activated flashers, bells and gates - the train has the right-of-way
  • NEVER, NEVER, stop on a crossing
  • NEVER travel into a crossing until the flashing lights go out completely. There may be a second train coming from the opposite direction that will re-activate the gates
  • NEVER assume that trains don't run here anymore...they DO regardless of what you think
  • NEVER assume the train is going to slow down or stop because there is a rail station next to the crossing
  • Trains approaching a highway grade crossing are travelling at their normal speeds because they're NOT stopping
  • DON'T attempt to beat the train to the crossing - the train ALWAYS WINS


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