Posted Mar 26, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.58.02 PM Foothill Middle School parents & students, it’s time to get ready to Bike and Roll to School! As a lead-up to National Bike to School Day on May 6, Street Smarts Diablo is teaming up with Contra Costa middle schools for a series of individual Bike & Roll to School events. On March 31, Foothill Middle School students will be accepting the challenge to get to school on wheels by riding their bikes, skateboards and scooters!... Read the rest
Posted Mar 25, 2015
streetsmartsdiablo National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6. As a lead-up to the big day, Street Smarts Diablo is teaming up with select middle schools in Contra Costa for a series of individual Bike & Roll to School events. Middle school students will be accepting the challenge to get to school on wheels by riding their bikes, skateboards and scooters! Drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution from late March through early May as bicycling and walking events will mean an increase in school-aged children walking & bicycling to and from school.... Read the rest
Posted Mar 20, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 3.49.27 PM Older drivers are often the safest drivers, since they are more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously hurt when a crash does occur due to their greater susceptibility to injury. CarFit is an educational program offering older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. A trained team, including occupational therapy practitioners, will assist older drivers in assuring they leave with:  A clear line of sight over the steering wheel  Adequate space between the front airbag/steering wheel and the driver’s breastbone  Properly adjusted head restraints and proper positioning on the gas and brake pedals  Proper seat belt fit and instruction on proper use Safe positioning of mirrors to minimize blind spots The Pleasant Hill Commission on Aging will host a CarFit event for Pleasant Hill Seniors on Saturday, May 2, from 10am-1:00pm, consisting of a series of personal appointments. ... Read the rest
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