Posted Dec 5, 2014
Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 4.49.28 PM People for Bikes is currently rolling out a national ad campaign called ‘Travel With Care‘. According to their site, “The campaign’s message is built around bettering behavior by both people in cars and on bikes by asking them to travel with care and to ‘melt icy relations on the road.'” This isn’t the first ad campaign designed to encourage drivers and cyclists to see each other as partners in safety.... Read the rest
Posted Feb 8, 2013
street_smarts_diablo_sm We’re looking for a contract staff person to coordinate a bunch of LAB certified folks to lead our Street Smarts Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Training events at all public middle schools in East and Central Contra Costa. The trainings will be held in March, April, May and August. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2013.  View more information.... Read the rest
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Screen shot 2011-10-23 at 1.39.25 PM Daylight Savings Time ends for most of the United States at 1 AM on Sunday November 6. As we fall back the sun will set earlier in the evening. By by the end of November, the sun will set as early as 4:51 PM.  This means a lot of people will be commuting home in the dark. Though fewer miles are driven at night relative to the day, more than half of all traffic deaths occur after dark.... Read the rest
Posted Jul 12, 2011
Pedestrian Crossing This morning, standing in a crosswalk, I stood 15 feet from a tractor trailer as it barreled through a red light. This afternoon, I found this article about plain-clothed cops busting drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians. These got me thinking: what are a pedestrian’s rights and responsibilities? What are the actual rules (not just what I wanted to shout at the truck driver)? Let’s take a gander at the definitive source for California’s rules of the road, the California Vehicle Code.... Read the rest
Posted Jun 8, 2011
Fatalities by County For all Contra Costa County’s progress to make bicycling friendlier, safer, and more fun, the Bay Citizen reminds us that a lot of work is left to be done. From 2005 through 2009, 23 cyclists died in Contra Costa County… The Tracker reveals that some suburban areas like Contra Costa County are actually more dangerous for cyclists than crowded urban areas like San Francisco. Meanwhile, in addition to the known health risks of driven commutes, new research suggests the stress of driving long distances every day can lead to stress and even divorce.... Read the rest
Posted May 26, 2011
Safe and Sane Use of Highways Though the times and cars have changed, the danger is the same. Check out this illustration of the damage a car could do to your fragile body at 20, 40, and 60 miles an hour. The manual “Safe and Sane Use of Highways”, published in 1934, offers a basic introduction to this and other concepts we take for granted today. Windshield wipers, jay-walking, crosswalks – these were relatively new in the 1930s.... Read the rest
Posted Feb 17, 2011
Doing this causes 1.6 million accidents a year. We often talk about transit and biking as a fun, environmentally conscious way to reduce stress and the cost of getting around. Safety is a more serious benefit of letting someone else do the driving In 2009, 33,808 people died on US highways, and that’s down from over 52,000 in 1980. Can you guess how many died while on transit in 2009? 230. California leads the country as a legislator of public safety.... Read the rest
Posted Dec 9, 2010
So what’s the truth behind the GPS law anyway? Most people nowadays will have absolutely nothing to do with paper maps. What’s that? You say you’ve got a folded up map of the CA coast in your glove box? Well somebody probably spilled coffee or ketchup on it at some point and now it is illegible, because I know you’re using your GPS. How can you not–it’s just so easy. In any case, sometimes new laws for the roads pass by us unheeded because, 1.... Read the rest
Posted Dec 10, 2009
511CC wins Safe Routes to School Mini Grant.  The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today that 511 Contra Costa was one of 25 national applicants to receive a $1000.00 mini grant for Spring 2010. The National Center received 247 Safe Routes to School applications from across 44 states and the District of Columbia. 511 Contra Costa will be working with Dallas Ranch Middle School in Antioch, California to craft a social marketing campaign to educate fellow students about the pedestrian and bicycle safety and health benefits as part of its “Walk and Roll 2 School”  program.... Read the rest