GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Garden City police are urging residents to be vigilant following three different accidents, including one that killed a bicyclist Wednesday.

The department took to social media to warn both drivers and pedestrians to be more safety conscious. They offer the following safety tips.

For Drivers:

  • Obey all traffic laws and speed limits
  • Watch for pedestrians at all times – use caution when backing up, and yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, making eye contact to indicate that you see them
  • Be careful when passing buses or stopped vehicles
  • Stay alert, minimize distractions, buckle up, and put the phone down

For Pedestrians and Cyclists:

  • Follow the rules of the road, obeying all traffic signs and signals
  • Use designated crosswalks, sidewalks, or other pedestrian paths, and look both ways before crossing
  • Don’t assume drivers can see you – be visible and predictable, wear bright/reflective clothing, and cross in well-lit areas
  • Stay alert, minimize distractions, and put the phone down
  • Walk with a parent, friend, or group

In 2020, 4 bicyclists were killed on Kansas roadways. In 2022, there were 47 pedestrian fatalities in Kansas.

For more traffic safety tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.