Local California Bicycle Safety Initiative
According to the latest research, fatal bicycle crashes are on the rise in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that from 2016 to 2018, 455 cyclists were killed in crashes in the State of California. This is about four deaths per 1,000,000 people and is also the highest rate over the last 25 years for any three-year period. This news has inspirited a local cyclist to improve safety for cyclists in his own community. Anton Nicola has created a safety initiative called Glass and Nails.
Teaching Cyclists and Motorists to Work Together
Nicola’s Glass and Nails safety program is centered on teaching cyclists and motorists to be more aware and respectful of each other. This program is all about education and awareness. Nicola’s program teaches drivers what they need to know about cyclists and vice versa.
Understanding how each type of roadway user handles the road is an important step in sharing the road safely. He teaches about the importance of eye contact and hand gestures between cyclists and motorists. Communication and awareness can help to improve safety between the two groups.
Improving Cyclist Safety Through Education
Glass and Nails is named for the reason why cyclists typically ride closer to the white line on the roadway. It’s to stay away from potential debris near the roadside that could give them flat tires. Unfortunately, a lot of motorists simply don’t know about this.
Cyclists who complete the course get a jersey that identifies them as Glass and Nails graduates. This jersey lets drivers know that they’ve been through the course, and that they understand the relationship between bicycles and motor vehicles.
Bicycle Accidents in San Diego
Cyclists are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and across the nation. Unfortunately, even with high-visibility gear, helmets and safe riding practices, cyclists are still at the mercy of the drivers they share the roads with.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.