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Cable Car Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Customers
- A cable car weighs close to 15, 000 pounds empty. Even at that weight, cable cars move quietly. Stop, look and listen carefully before crossing cable car intersections.
- Remember, unlike automobiles, bicycles, scooters or motorcycles, cable cars cannot swerve to avoid pedestrians.
- Always cross in the crosswalk at cable car intersections. Make sure to look both ways before stepping into the crosswalk.
- Avoid using cell phones, headphones, PDA’s or other devices that can distract you or prevent you from hearing cable cars.
- Please be aware that a green X is the “go ahead” signal for cable cars—not for pedestrians.
- Pedestrians should not cross when the green X light is displayed as it gives cable cars the exclusive right of way. Always be careful and aware of crossing signals.
- In the early morning and late night hours, cable cars can be difficult to see. Take extra caution when crossing a cable car intersection during these hours.
- If there is more than one track, always wait for the first cable car to go by so you can see both ways before proceeding. Make sure that another cable car is not approaching in your path
- It is extremely important that customers riding on cable car running boards do not lean outward into the path of oncoming cable cars and other vehicles.
- During wet weather, cable cars may also take longer to stop due to moisture on the rails.
- Take extra caution when boarding or disembarking a cable car in wet weather. Wait until the cable car comes to a complete stop before entering or exiting.
- Respect all cable car employees. Obey their instructions. Do not get in their way, and do not block operating equipment.
- If you have children, it is your responsibility to keep them safe. Hold their hands
- Remove backpacks and stow them under the seat or carry them on your lap.
- Most importantly, hold on!
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