The Eye to Eye program is a safety campaign led by the Vienna Police Department in an effort to make motor vehicle drivers, bicyclist and pedestrians in our community safer.
Too often our agency responds to crashes involving a motor vehicle and either a bicyclist or pedestrian. Most times we believe that had the two involved parties made “Eye to Eye” contact, the crash might have been avoided. Many crashes are easily prevented if one or more of the parties anticipates and acts defensively in order to avoid the crash, regardless of who was right and who was wrong. Even though one party might have the right of way, action taken by the other can prevent a crash. Being right and getting injured is never better than being a little inconvenienced and staying safe.
"Eye to Eye" in Vienna
The theme “Eye to Eye” originated in the Portland, Oregon area and was used by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance to encourage folks in that area to make eye contact prior to moving at intersections, crosswalks and driveways. In Vienna, "Eye to Eye" is bicyclists and pedestrians not
assuming that just because a motor vehicle is stopped it’s OK to go without “Eye to Eye” acknowledgement. Similarly, "Eye to Eye" is motor vehicle drivers slowing down and taking steps to avoid a possible crash, anticipating or checking and rechecking sidewalks and crosswalks to prevent a crash. In addition, it is all parties making “Eye to Eye" contact as a quick form of effective communication.