Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Santa Barbara

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Source: 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 May 11, 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. Bike 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 are 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

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-1557506123 May 10, 2019 09:35 AM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Santa Barbara

No you don't. I drive 2 kids to different schools every day and then drive to and from work every day. I only seen a car blast through a stop sign/red light a handful of times in my life and those were downtown at night and probably drunks. I see cyclists speed through without even slowing down EVERY DAY, even by the schools.

letmego May 10, 2019 03:19 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Santa Barbara

I, too, drive 2 kids to 2 different schools every day. On the regular, people run the stop signs (or roll through) at: ------
1. Red Rose Way/Flora Vista (Monroe) ------ (I once saw someone pass another car in the morning while IN THE INTERSECTION) ------
2. Robbins/ Valerio (Harding)--------
3. Mission/ Modoc (near La Cumbre) ---------
4. Calle Canon/ Valerio (basically between Harding and Monroe), people roll through that stop sign, sometimes they don't even slow down. ------ maybe you aren't paying attention, or are going to different schools?

a-1557621330 May 11, 2019 05:35 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Santa Barbara

LETMEGO. The roll-through stop is dangerous, shameful, inconsiderate and downright self-importantly despicable. I despise those jerks. What I can't stand also is people driving up to a stop and not stopping until their vehicle is 1/2 over the white limit line. Guess who does this? EVERYONE. When I ride as a passenger, every single person behind the wheel does this. Most times, they are so far into the intersection, I question why they even bothered to stop at all.----------
("On the regular" is not proper English. Use "regularly.")

a-1557620943 May 11, 2019 05:29 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Santa Barbara

CYNIC9 1 MAY 11, 2019 03:39 PM. No, no, NO. It's not up to the Department of Motor Vehicles to educate drivers. It's up to the individual him/herself to read (study), take classes and/or hire an instructor.

That said, I am amazed still at how many drivers don't get who has the right of way at a two-way, three-way or four-way stop. Please, people. It's whoever arrives at the intersection first. If you both or all (seemingly) arrive at the same time, then you must yield to the right. If you both (seemingly) arrive at the same time and one of you intends to turn left, then the left-turning individual yields. I pull up to two-way stops OFTEN and wait while left-turning drivers try to yield to me, even though I arrived later than they. Educate yourself, drivers.

Don Lubach May 13, 2019 07:30 AM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Santa Barbara

Greetings, Neighbors.
I was intrigued by this study that crossed the transom on this bicycle month.

The authors found that drivers and cyclists are skofflaws alike.

There's not much new to add to this evergreen argument in our fine city. I can contribute this. If you live within 5ish miles of your workplace, biking in is possible (for most) without any special bike, any special clothing, or any special level of fitness. It is easier and more efficient than any other form of transportation. I find it easier than driving. I love saving more than 400/year on parking and quickly spend that on good coffee. Got kids? I have those, and ferried them to the local school on a cargo bike. It was, again, much easier than using a car and such a pleasure. The more bicycles on the road, the safer it gets.

Thanks to the local law enforcement for reminding us of all the laws and keeping us safe.


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