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Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau: Bicycle Safety Enforcement Planned for 3/21/15
3/17/2015 7:38:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Bicycle Enforcement Operation

Report Number:

 

Location:

City of Thousand Oaks

 

Date & Time:

March 21, 2015, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police-Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

 

 

 

Narrative:

 

Traffic Enforcement Operations Planned for Thousand Oaks

 

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will step up bicycle safety enforcement operations on Saturday, March 21, 2015, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists and bike riders. Special overtime patrols will be deployed to crackdown on drivers and bicyclists who violate basic traffic laws.

 

The department has mapped out locations over the past three years where bicycle involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes.  Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and bike riders alike that can lead to life changing injuries.

 

Bicycle fatalities are rising in California as more people use bicycling for commuting, exercise and recreation.  Locally, Thousand Oaks Police Department has investigated 85 fatal and injury collisions involving bike riders during the past three (3) years. In 2012, California witnessed 124 bicyclist deaths that year while nationally 726 riders were killed. 

 

Nationally, fatal bike crash patterns have changed markedly. The percentage involving adults age 20 and older increased from 21 percent in 1975 to 84 percent in 2012. The percentage involving males increased from 82 percent to 88 percent during this period. Adult males comprised 74 percent of all bicyclist deaths in 2012. The percentage of deaths occurring in urban areas climbed from 50 percent in 1975 to 69 percent in 2012. The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in Thousand Oaks:

 

Drivers:

-          'Share the road' with bicyclists

-          Be courteous; California law now mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike riders

-          Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space

-          Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals

-          Be especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right

 

Bicyclists:

-          Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. If under 18 years of age, it's the law

-          A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash

-          Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

-          When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.

-          Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk

-          To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rear

-          For additional safety, use a flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing

 

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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Prepared by:

Brad Clifton, Sergeant

 

Media Release Date:

March 17, 2015

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Brad Clifton, Sergeant

Brad.clifton@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Jim Fryhoff, Captain