September is Pedestrian Safety Month in California, and law enforcement agencies are working hard to educate both the walking and driving public on what they can do to make the world a little bit safer for everyone.
If you know anybody who regularly rides a bicycle or a motorcycle, all you have to do is ask them about "dooring." You'll immediately learn that it's a serious problem.
Pedestrians have it rough these days. The streets aren't really built with them in mind, and the large number of big cars -- supersized sports utility vehicles -- on the road make it perilous out there for people to just cross the road. There's particular concern regarding schoolchildren, many of whom need to cross busy roads on their way to and from school.
"Part memorial, part protest." That's the best way to sum up the meaning of a ghost bike. Painted white and chained to a stationary object at the site where yet another cyclist lost their life in a traffic accident, these bikes are, at once, a form of street art, a call for change and a place for people to grieve their lost loved ones or fellow cyclists.
When you're walking around town, does it seem like some drivers treat you like you're virtually invisible? Do you find yourself quick-stepping your way through crossings or jumping up on curbs to avoid being hit?
People are starting to pull their bikes out of storage for the summer, and it's no coincidence that May is National Bicycle Safety Month. As such, both the Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol have been reminding people in this state to be a little extra cautious out there on the roads.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable on the road because they have no form of protection in the event of a collision. Generally speaking, parties with the most capacity to cause harm have the highest responsibilities. This is why truck drivers must engage in additional training and are held to higher standards when it comes to having alcohol in their system when driving.
The streets and highways all over California are startling open. With residents mostly staying at home, there's no congestion on the streets.
A leading cause of death among children, especially those between the age of 5 and 9, is getting struck by a car. Kids often are struck because they're left to navigate the crossing of a street alone despite not being mature or experienced enough to do so.
Crosswalks are a critical part of the road system, designed to help keep pedestrians safe. Drivers need to know how to operate their vehicles around them and what laws to follow in California. A simple mistake can put a pedestrian in serious danger.