Keep safety in mind on eclipse day and during trip home
Eclipse visitors are advised to keep safety in mind on eclipse day and during the return trip home. Share the road, clean up camp sites, remember fire safety, and plan for a safe return trip.
Everyone – be kind and share the road
With motorist, bicyclists and pedestrians out in greater numbers, all travelers needs to stop and think about how they can ensure everyone gets home safe after the celestial event.
•Slow down, reduce speeds when approaching bike riders and pedestrians.
•Share the road, give bike riders and pedestrians as much room as possible.
•Remove distractions when behind the wheel (stow cell phone, and keep eyes and mind 100 percent on the roadway.
•Be bright at night by using a white headlight on the front of the bike, and red light or reflector on the back – as required by Oregon law. And wear bright colors and/or reflective accessories.
•Steer clear of danger by watching out for vehicles waiting at stop signs or pulling out of parking spaces: drivers may not see you, especially if you’re in their blind spot.
•Wear a bicycle helmet for extra protection. A minor mishap could lead to major injuries.
•Dress to be seen in light colors or reflective gear
•Walk defensively. Assume drivers can’t see you, especially during twilight hours
•Keep checking for traffic, even while crossing in crosswalks
Clean up camp sites and exercise fire safety
If camping, clean up the site before leaving and always keep fire safety in mind. With the eclipse taking place during the peak of wildfire season, please keep fire prevention a top priority. Remember that idling cars over dry grass and careless acts with smoking, campfires, fireworks and target shooting can easily spark a wildfire. Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!
Stay an extra day and avoid the rush home
If everyone jumps on the highways all at the same time right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Most rural highways can safely handle only 800 – 1,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. If there are 10,000 vehicles in the area all heading down the same road at the same time, it could take 10 or more hours for everyone to disperse. Save yourself the hassle and frustration by delaying your departure several hours, or better yet, a day or two after the eclipse. Avoid the rush and enjoy beautiful Oregon just a little bit longer.