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CHP kicks off Bicycle Safety Awareness Month

Posted: May 6, 2014 11:24 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2014 11:24 a.m.
 

With more people choosing a bicycle for transportation, the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety are embarking on a month-long
endeavor to encourage all motorists to safely share the road.

“The goal of the ‘Roll Model’ campaign is to educate motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians about
the rules of the road and encourage everyone to act responsibly,” said CHP Commissioner Joe
Farrow. “It is especially important for bicyclists to be visible when riding with traffic and for
motorists to use extra caution when approaching driveways and making turns at intersections.”

This month’s traffic safety campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
follows a significant increase in the number of people killed in bicycle-involved
collisions in California. According to Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS)
data, in 2011 there were 142 bicyclists killed in California. Those deaths accounted for 5 percent
of the total collision fatalities in California.

Beginning September 16, 2014, California drivers must give bicyclists three feet of clearance or
slow down and pass when it would not endanger a bicyclist’s safety.

“More Californians are walking and biking and it is everyone’s responsibility to save lives by
avoiding distracted driving,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “When all travelers pay attention
and share the road, it helps curb collisions and improve transportation safety.”

In March, Caltrans released the California Household Travel Survey, which found the percentage
of California residents walking, biking or using public transportation on a typical day has more
than doubled since 2000.

Being a “Roll Model” means:
· Riding and Driving Focused - never distracted
· Riding and Driving Prepared - always expect the unexpected
· Putting Safety First - we never know when a crash will occur, regardless of skill level or
age; always wear a bicycle helmet when on a bicycle and a seat belt when in a car
· Sharing the Road - both vehicle drivers (motorist and bicyclist) should look out for one
another and show mutual respect
For more information on pedestrian and bicycle safety, visit the Pedestrian and Bicycle
Information Center at http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/index.cfm.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service,
and Security to the people of California.

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