CHP Awarded Federal Grant

Rancho Cordova: Bicyclist and Light Rail Train CollideIn late October of this year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was awarded a federal grant for improvement of pedestrian and bicyclist safety throughout California.

The grant will be used in large part to provide additional education for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.  

The grant was awarded following an increase in the number of traffic collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  In 2013, over 750 pedestrians (representing a 6.6% increase from 2012) and more than 150 bicyclists (a 10.6% jump) were killed in traffic collisions.   

The grant’s time period is October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. During the course of this year-long campaign, Highway Patrol officers will implement bicycle and pedestrian collision statistics in order to improve enforcement of traffic laws and to fund public education programs.  The grant is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety which operates under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Enforcement under the grant will incorporate the recent Three Feet law, which states that motorist must keep a distance of at least three feet between any part of their vehicle and any part of a bicycle in operation on the roadway.

Educational campaigns under this grant are expected to include pedestrian safety presentations, as well as materials and presentations on the topics of motorist and bicyclist behavior.

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