The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about their completion of a project in Joshua Tree that incorporates their “Complete Streets” concepts. Complete Streets are designed to accommodate all different types of roadway users. This project was implemented on State Route 62 and incorporated bike lanes and diagonal parking areas to safely move and accommodate different modes of transportation through the downtown and business districts.
Improving Active Transportation Safety and Opportunities
Caltrans and other public safety organizations throughout the State of California are taking steps to improve active transportation safety and opportunities. Cycling and walking are two great ways to get around. They’re good for your health, and they’re good for the environment. Unfortunately, not all roadways, neighborhoods, towns and cities have safe infrastructures for pedestrians and cyclists. Complete Streets will help to improve the safety of roadway users who prefer active forms of transportation like cycling and walking.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic Crash Facts
- In 2015, an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured in U.S. traffic crashes.
- There were 5,376 pedestrians killed in crashes in 2015.
- In 2015, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 15 percent of all traffic deaths.
- Approximately 45,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in 2015.
- In 2015, a total of 818 cyclists were killed in U.S. crashes.
- 70 percent of cyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 died in urban areas.
What is a Complete Street?
A so-called “Complete Street” is one that has been designed, planned and built to provide safe mobility for a variety of roadway users. This type of road is designed with cyclists, pedestrians, transit vehicles, trucks and motor vehicle drivers in mind. The needs and safety concerns for all roadway users are taken into account during the planning and building phases of a Complete Street.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety in San Diego
Cyclists and pedestrians are the two most vulnerable user groups on roads in California and across the nation. Even at relatively low speeds, a collision with a motor vehicle can be devastating, catastrophic or even fatal for a pedestrian or a cyclist. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian or cyclist accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.