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SAFETY INFO

Bicycle Safety Tips
ALWAYS:
• Wear a helmet
• Ride with traffic
• Obey stop signs and lights
• Use a light at night
• Enter the road carefully
• Look and use hand signals before turning
• Keep your bike in good repair

More Bike Safety Information
Low Cost Helmet Information (PDF file)
Helmet Fit Sheet (Bilingual PDF file)
• Advocate for improved road and sidewalk conditions by reporting hazards

Mission Street Safety
Two cyclists were killed in 2007 along Mission Street/Highway 1, a primary east/west route through Santa Cruz. The cyclists were ages 25 and 29, and both collisions involved commercial trucks. A Mission St. Safety Task Force was convened by Assemblyman Laird to develop solutions and increase safety along this corridor. The CTSC and member organizations participated in the safety task force, developing flyers for commercial drivers and cyclists as well as public service announcements (PSAs). Click below to download flyers directed to both cyclists and commercial drivers on safely Sharing the Road.

Sharing the Road Safely with Trucks and Buses (English)
Sharing the Road Safely with Trucks and Buses (Spanish)
Bicycle Safety Info for Commercial Drivers

Pedestrian Safety Tips
ALWAYS:
• Pay attention
• Obey traffic signals
• Cross at corners
• Stand back from the curb
• Look left, right, and left again
• Listen and look for cars as you approach each traffic lane

Community members can report needed sidewalk repairs and access issues using this online hazard reporting system. The report will be directed to the appropriate public works department.

Motorist Safety Tips
ALWAYS:
• Stop for pedestrians trying to cross
• Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists
• Obey the speed limit
• Check for bicyclists before turning or changing lanes
• Watch for bicyclists when opening your door
• Slow down and allow at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist

Read the latest information on Cell Phones and Teen Drivers.

Child Passenger Safety
As children grow, how they sit safely in a car, truck, van or SUV changes. For current information on the child passenger safety laws in California and programs in Santa Cruz County, including car seat inspection and installation sites, please click here.

Safe Routes to School
This program, supported by the Coalition since 1999, is aimed at increasing safe walking and bicycling to school. Safe Routes to School gives children the opportunity to be more active, decreasing the risk of obesity in children.

Maps have been created in North County for:
• Branciforte Elementary School
• Bay View Elementary
• Westlake Elementary (Bicycle)
• Westlake Elementary (Pedestrian)
• DeLaveaga Elementary

In South County maps have been created for:
• Minite White Elementary
• McQuiddy Elementary

Upcoming Safe Routes to School activities may include:
• Identification of safe bicycle and pedestrian routes
• Advocacy for infrastructure improvements
• Parent education and outreach
• Organizing walk pools, bike pools, 'walking school buses' or 'bike trains'
• Promotion of parent bicycle helmet use
• Participating in Walk and Bike to School Day


Statistics

New Bicycle Safety Data

2012 Bicycle Observation Survey (PDF file)

2010 Bicycle State of the County Report
(PDF file)

Bicyclist Statistics

Bicyclists Injured in Santa Cruz County 2005 - 2010
Injured 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Capitola
7
5
6
8
4
9
Santa Cruz
71
82
64
91
68
57
Scotts Valley
2
0
14
4
8
1
Watsonville
12
13
3
16
18
11
Unincorporated
59
54
63
70
88
80
S. C. County Total
151
154
150
189
186
158

Bicyclists Killed in Santa Cruz County 2005 - 2010
Killed
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Capitola
0
0
0
0
0
0
Santa Cruz
0
0
1
2
0
0
Scotts Valley
0
0
0
0
0
0
Watsonville
0
0
0
0
1
0
Unincorporated
1
1
1
0
2
0
S. C. County Total
1
1
2
2
3
0

 

New Pedestrian Safety Data

2013 Pedestrian Observation Survey (PDF file)

2011 Pedestrian State of the County Report (PDF file)

Pedestrians Injured in Santa Cruz County 2005 - 2010
Injured
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Capitola
4
5
3
2
3
4
Santa Cruz
29
29
36
30
28
26
Scotts Valley
2
5
3
1
6
1
Watsonville
37
27
36
29
28
28
Unincorporated
16
32
24
19
34
21
S. C. County Total
88
98
102
81
99
80

Pedestrians Killed in Santa Cruz County 2005 - 2010
Killed
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Capitola
0
0
0
0
0
1
Santa Cruz
1
1
1
0
3
0
Scotts Valley
0
0
0
0
0
0
Watsonville
4
0
1
1
1
1
Unincorporated
0
2
2
2
0
1
S. C. County Total
5
3
4
3
4
3

The data above was tabulated from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

 

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