Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in California

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press released about the federal grant they received to improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety across the state. The yearlong program being funded by the grant will seek to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety through increased safety enforcement and awareness through educational opportunities and public awareness campaigns.

California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project II

From October 1, 2014 to September 20, 2015, the CHP will be conducting the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project II. CHP officers are going to be conducting enhanced enforcement patrols across the state. There will also be public awareness campaigns to get the word out about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Educational opportunities will include traffic safety rodeos, educational presentations relating to good pedestrian, bicyclists, and motorist behavior. Additionally, the CHP plans to distribute materials related to cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Bicyclist Crash Facts

• In 2012, more than 800 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in California.
• Over 27,000 pedestrians and cyclists were injured in California in 2012.
• In 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed in the U.S.
• An estimated 515,000 cyclists were injured in 2010.
• Annually, 26,000 of these cyclist injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries treated in emergency rooms.

Pedestrian Safety Facts

• In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in crashes across the U.S.
76,000 pedestrians were injured in the U.S. in 2012.
• Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a traffic crash on each trip.
• Pedestrians age 65 and older accounted for 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2012.
• In 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 in a traffic crash were pedestrians.

After a Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident

Accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists can be devastating for victims. They’re incredibly vulnerable roadway users. Even with safety gear, helmets and safe walking and riding behaviors, they can be come catastrophically injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles.

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