Cyclists Be Extra Aware in Glendale this Weekend

With all the hullabaloo from the Chevy Chase video released earlier this week, you’d think that this announcement has BikingGlendalesomething to do with this.

On Saturday, Glendale Police will be stepping up their enforcement of traffic laws across the city.

Seeing how this is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, I bet this was in the works beforehand, but still, I’d place a little money that they might be at the scene of the crime.

One thing I’d be curious about not only who gets tickets this weekend, but what who Glendale PD tickets in general. Have they ever given out a 3-foot law violation? If you get pulled over tomorrow, please ask.

Here’s a quote from the message sent out earlier this week:

The Glendale Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on January 30th, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past year 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 cross walks 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, Glendale police Department has investigated 9 fatal and 502 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.

Glendale’s a big city(3rd in LA County) and sits at a vital elbow connecting various parts of the region, so be safe and aware out there this weekend. And every other as well.