When is it okay for you to take a shortcut across the tracks?
It is never safe to be on the tracks or anywhere on railroad property except a public crossing. Walking, biking, playing or taking a shortcut across railroad tracks/property is illegal and dangerous.
If the train engineer sees me on the tracks, he/she will be able to stop the train in time.
By the time the train engineer sees you and immediately applies the emergency brake it is TOO LATE to stop in time. A typical train traveling 55 mph takes up to a mile to come to a complete stop. Remember to only cross at railroad crossings, and obey all gates and signals.
What is safe behavior at station platforms?
Think safety first. Always be alert and aware when you are at station platforms. Remember, they are not a place to play games. Never run or ride your bike, scooter, roller blades, or skates on a station platform. Stay behind the yellow strip on the platform before boarding and after exiting the train. Always allow people to exit first, before you board.
I’m riding my bike and I see railroad tracks in my path of travel. What is the safest way for me to cross the tracks?
Railroad tracks can be tricky! Take extra care when crossing. Slow down and be careful -- unsafe speeds and uneven surfaces can cause a bicyclist to lose control. Cross railroad tracks slowly and at a 90 degree angle when on your bike. Even better, dismount and walk your bike across the tracks like you do at a crosswalk.
When riding on the train, I should:
When riding on the train, you should find your seat quickly, move quickly and carefully when going from one train car to another, and never run or play in the aisles.
Flashing red lights at a railroad crossing tell you to:
Flashing red lights at a railroad crossing are telling you to STOP. Wait for the lights to stop flashing and the gates to rise completely before crossing the tracks.