San Diego County Receives $75K Grant from OTS for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

San Diego County Receives $75K Grant from OTS for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded San Diego County $75,000 to fund their bicycle and pedestrian safety program through 2019.  

Administered by San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency, the goal of the program is to reduce the number of cycling and pedestrian injuries and fatalities through safety education for children and adults. Special attention is made to promote distraction-free cycling and helmet compliance.

Though bicycle fatalities decreased more than eight percent nationwide between 2016 and 2017, bicycle safety continues to be a top priority for cities like San Diego where cycling is prevalent and there is always a risk for an accident. Bicycle accidents can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. However, following safety precautions could decrease your accident risk. It’s not too late to learn, use and teach bicycle safety in your life.

For children, the program administers fun but educational activities like bicycle rodeos. A bicycle rodeo is a mock traffic course usually made out of cardboard cutouts and traffic cones. Children get to interact with real-world traffic situations in a safe environment. They learn how to react to pedestrians, cars and traffic signals. However, before they take their turn on the course, the children learn about proper helmet safety, correct hand signal use and other safety techniques.

School and community presentations and assemblies are used to provide cycling and pedestrian safety to teenagers and adults.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident in San Diego or the surrounding areas of San Diego County, contact Joshua Bonnici. He is a bicycle accident attorney and an avid cyclist himself. He has committed his career to promoting bicycle safety and helping injured cyclists. Call him today at (858) 261-5454 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation.

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