How Will the Federal Grant Help Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety?

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about a federal grant they’re getting to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety across the state. According to the CHP, the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project (CPBEEP) grant will run from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. During this yearlong program, the CHP will hold various public education campaigns as well as conducting enhanced enforcement periods. Officials with the CHP are hoping this grant will help to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians across the State of California.

The CHP will be conducting increased enforcement efforts with funding from the grant. Officers with the CHP hope to crack down on violations of all types of traffic safety laws impacting pedestrian and cyclist safety. These may include motorists failing to yield for pedestrians and other roadway users, illegally passing school buses, speeding, distracted driving, and violating the 3-feet law. Educational programs will also be funded through this grant. These programs will include information to help pedestrians and cyclists to improve their personal safety on California roadways, and there will also be an educational component geared toward motorists.

Cyclist and Pedestrian Crashes by The Numbers

  • Cyclist and pedestrian fatalities account for 29 percent of all roadway fatalities in California.
  • During Federal Fiscal Year 2016, 1,075 cyclists were killed and more than 26,095 were injured on California roadways.
  • In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in crashes nationwide.
  • Between 2015 and 2016, there was a nine-percent increase in pedestrian fatalities on U.S. roadways.
  • In 2016, pedestrian deaths accounted for 6 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Bicycle riders and pedestrians are still some of the most vulnerable user groups on roadways in California and across the nation. Crashes involving motor vehicles can be devastating and even fatal for cyclists and pedestrians. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian or a cyclist accident in San Diego, along 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.

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