Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

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Source: The Santa Barbara Police Department 

The Santa Barbara Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules, and responsibilities.

On June 10, 2019, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bicycle riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Santa Barbara Police Department has investigated 159 fatal and injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Sergeant Brown said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bike riders should always go with the flow of traffic, let faster traffic pass and use hand signals when turning or stopping.

The Santa Barbara Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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a-1560833221 Jun 11, 2019 07:28 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

There used to be a cyclist who would ride on sidewalks and wrong side of street while wearing over-ear headphones, and not paying any attention at all. I personally almost stuck this guy a couple of times because he appeared in front of me unexpectedly while riding on the wrong side of Pedregosa near SB Street. My guess is he is or was a "camper" at Rocky Nook Park.

a-1560833221 Jun 11, 2019 12:49 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

It's high time the City of Goleta does one of these, especially along Cathedral Oaks near Glen Annie. Yesterday was a whole herd of them blowing through signs. Someone is going to get seriously hurt or worse when they do stuff like this, and it won't be the person in the car. I've seen pedestrians almost nailed plenty by people on bikes not stopping where they're required to. Laws apply to us all!

a-1560833221 Jun 11, 2019 12:17 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

Some safe cycling tips: 1. Always assume drivers cannot see you. 2. Stay to the far right and do not wander into traffic lanes. 3. Wear bright and/or reflective clothing. 4. Stay off of sidewalks. 4. Keep an eye out for pedestrians. 4. Stop at red lights and Stop signs. 5. Completely avoid streets like De la Vina (below Constance) and Santa Barbara. 6. Review the rules and regulations for cycling at least once a year. 7. Keep your bicycle in good working order. 8. Ride to your ability level. 9. Pass this helpful advice to your fellow riders. 10. Ride safe and we can all go home at the end of the day.

a-1560833221 Jun 11, 2019 12:21 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

@12:17 - Best cycling advice yet! STOP at red lights and stop signs! There was a large group of cyclists in Goleta yesterday at Glen Annie and every single one of them blew the stop sign without even slowing down.

a-1560833221 Jun 10, 2019 12:26 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

I use Cota Street all the time on my bicycle. It allows me to go from east to west safely. I am in especially encouraged when I see students using the bike path to get to school . The wonderful part about Santa Barbara is that we can choose to walk and bike almost anywhere In town and use our cars when we have to go further distances.

d8vanilla Jun 10, 2019 09:39 AM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

I was wrongly pulled-over, when they were doing bicycle awareness. The nice Officer had to admit I was in the right. I had the right-of-way , and the bicyclist was in the wrong. After, he determined that, we got into a really fun discussion about all the nutty stuff going on with bicyclists... Like, eliminating all that parking on Cota street, which hurts the businesses, for a bike lane, that is rarely ever used by bicyclists !!! And, I witnessed a bicyclist on Cota, run the stop sign, at a 4-way stop, and almost get creamed by a car. skidding is always a discerning sound !! Looking forward, for the Police to start educating all the drivers & pedestrians, bicyclists , skateboarders, scooters, etc...... (and don't leave out the "unmarked" pedestrian crossing..... *******Reinstate the Drivers Education back into the schools, which would solve a lot of these issues. ******************

a-1560833221 Jun 10, 2019 12:13 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday

Drivers Ed would be good --- IF it included bicyclists as 'drivers'. They regularly blow through stop signs --- I've seen it on Gutierrez and several close calls.

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