Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

CHP to Improve Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about a federal grant they received in order to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in California. With this grant, the CHP hopes to increase traffic safety for these vulnerable roadway user groups through education and awareness for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The grant funds the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project III and will run from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic Facts

  • In 2013, an estimated 66,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes across the nation.
  • In 2013, there were 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.
  • 752 of those deaths occurred in California.
  • An estimated 48,000 cyclists were injured in crashes across the nation in 2013.
  • In 2013, 743 cyclists were killed in crashes across the country.
  • 164 of those deaths occurred in California.

California Pedestrian and Bicyclists Safety Enforcement and Education Project

This 12-month long safety campaign will run throughout the State of California, and hopefully enhance enforcement and education involving cyclist and pedestrian safety. The funds for this project were made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The CHP will be offering a variety of safety presentations, distributing pedestrian and bicycle safety materials and also organizing bike rodeos. In addition to raising awareness and improving education about pedestrian and cyclist safety, the CHP hopes to include enhanced enforcement efforts of the 3-Feet for Safety law, which requires drivers to keep a minimum distance of three feet between their car and bicycles.

After a Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident

Cyclists and pedestrians are depending on drivers to pay attention and share the road. If drivers aren’t paying attention or they’re not observing the three-feet rule, they’re putting cyclists and pedestrians at great risk. Even seemingly minor accidents involving cars can be devastating for cyclists and pedestrians.

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