Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past 3 years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, the Santa Barbara Police Department has investigated 5 fatal and 553 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

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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BuddySB Nov 10, 2017 10:03 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

I drive my car around town almost every day and cycle 20 miles about 3-4 times a week for exercise. The thing that car drivers often don't understand is that the consequence of a bad decision on a bicycle is 100 times more serious than those in a car on city streets. The bike and the car are not equals. Do bikes occasionally crash into each other, or a pedestrian? Probably. But when they do, they're rarely going more than 15mph. People survive those encounters with scrapes a bruises. But when car and bike collide, car ALWAYS wins big. Most drivers in SB are fairly courteous and swing wide around a cyclist. But _every_ day I ride, there are always a few who seem to be angry that I'm NOT riding in the gutter with all of the glass, gravel, nails and detritus. They are unaware of bicycle safety rules and where we actually should be riding taking up the right 3rd of the road. They blast by me within inches "just to show me" how "wrong" I am. It's pretty scary. Sometimes I ride on sidewalks for short stretches because it's simply SAFER. There are many places in SB that don't even have paint on the road to indicate a bike path. The Mesa business district is one example of this. Beyond common courtesy, the issue is often driver education. It doesn't matter how bright my yellow highlighter jersey is, how many bright flashing lights I put on my bike (I have 2), how good my helmet is if drivers continue to express their anger by swerving intentionally close to me, honking, and yelling at me when I’m riding in the proper place on a shared road. Santa Barbara needs more off-road, PAVED bike paths and needs to maintain the ones we already have. The Obern Trail to Goleta Beach is in awful disrepair. The PWSB is repaving a small stretch, but riding the entire stretch on a street bike feels like your teeth are going to fall out. Please be kind to cyclists as you drive. Give us the benefit of the doubt? Most of us a kind, considerate riders who always have in the back of our mind, “Is today the day I will crash into a car?” Most of us smile and nod and wave at each other every time we pass each other. Many of us have toe clips that are hard to quickly get out of and sometimes, because we honestly fear bodily harm, we might be on a sidewalk, or farther out in the road (to be seen) than you think we should be. Car drivers need to be the benevolent super heroes to the weak and defenseless cyclists. The consequence of a bad decision on a bicycle is serious injury. Please yield to your fellow citizens who are not commuting in steel boxes that go faster than 15-20mph. Thank you.

BuddySB Nov 11, 2017 08:30 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

Well, crap. Triple posted and can't delete 2 of them... Sorry about that. Don't know why EdHat doesn't just use Disqus, or a more transparent commenting system. :-\

BuddySB Nov 11, 2017 08:22 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

6999, I think you have missed my point if you believe it truly "goes both ways." There IS no equivalence here because the penalty/punishment is entirely on the cyclist (or pedestrian). It doesn't go both ways. It doesn't harm the driver of the car in anyway. Cyclists have EVERY reason to try and be "careful," whatever that means to you because they risk bodily harm and death by not doing so. It doesn't even matter who's "fault" it is, because it's the cyclist who pays far more than the driver. Cyclists, same as the pedestrian, should have the right of way.

BuddySB Nov 11, 2017 08:22 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

6999, I think you have missed my point if you believe it truly "goes both ways." There IS no equivalence here because the penalty/punishment is entirely on the cyclist (or pedestrian). It doesn't go both ways. It doesn't harm the driver of the car in anyway. Cyclists have EVERY reason to try and be "careful," whatever that means to you because they risk bodily harm and death by not doing so. It doesn't even matter who's "fault" it is, because it's the cyclist who pays far more than the driver. Cyclists, same as the pedestrian, should have the right of way.

BuddySB Nov 11, 2017 08:26 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

6999, I think you missed my point if you believe it truly "goes both ways." There IS no equivalence here because the penalty/punishment is entirely on the cyclist (or pedestrian). It doesn't go both ways. It doesn't harm the driver of the car in any way. Cyclists have EVERY reason to try and be "careful," whatever that means to you because they risk bodily harm and death by not doing so. The vast majority of the near misses I’ve had with cars have nothing to do with me “breaking the law,” and everything to do with bad, inconsiderate, angry, and ignorant drivers who are not respecting the cyclists right to the road (or the law). It doesn't even matter who's "fault" it is, because it's the cyclist who pays far more than the driver. Cyclists, same as the pedestrian, should have the right of way.

a-1511184592 Nov 10, 2017 10:10 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

BUDDYSB - It goes both ways. No one wants to injure or kill cyclists, but sometimes accidents happen. When a cyclist blasts through a stop sign or red light and gets hit by a car, then whose fault is it? The car for being the larger and more deadly vehicle? Or the cyclist's for breaking the law? Answer is simple. Yes, cars need to be careful around cyclists, but the reverse is true as well.

a-1511184592 Nov 09, 2017 11:25 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

Cyclists in this town have ZERO excuse to be on the sidewalk. We have bent over backwards trying to accommodate them and they still blast through stop signs, weave in and out of traffic as if they are invincible and "practice racing" or whatever they're doing in spandex, riding 2 or more abreast. Cyclists need to SHARE THE ROAD!

cbilly Nov 09, 2017 09:40 AM
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Motorist Sting on Saturday

One thing I think is important to note - when cars on two lane roads (like upper State) give way to a pedestrian. car, or biker trying to go straight through or turn left they should always be aware that if there is two lanes - the cars in the lane next to them may not stop and this adds danger to everyone. One should never assume it's safe in two lane roads. A few years ago someone stopped and let a car pass (on upper State but as my lane was clear - I kept going and had no idea a car was going to be in front of me because I couldn't see them. I had the right of way but slammed the car in front because they assumed it was clear. I smashed in the door of the Mercedes as there was no way for me to stop. I only got a scratch and made $800 on the insurance payment. the truck driver (who's fault it really was, sped off never to be seen again. BE AWARE OF THE SITUATION!

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