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City in California aims to raise bike awareness

California has a reputation for horrible traffic jams and long delays. These are not the only problems occurring on the roadways, however. When an automobile and a bicycle are involved in an accident, the results can be disastrous. Bicycle safety is an important issue that some people are attempting to address.

Some California traffic professionals are worried about the level of bike awareness in the state and they have the numbers to back up those concerns. Speaking on the subject bicycle safety, the director of the California Office of Traffic Safety stated that roadway deaths have increased since 2010. This is not a trend they would like to see continue, especially when considering the fact that the upturn comes after several years of decline. In 2010, 19 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in Imperial Beach. California is not the only state with a bicycle safety problem; nationally, bicycle accidents injured 900 bike riders and claimed 8 lives in 2010. 

California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has come up with a plan to raise the level of bike awareness in Imperial Beach. They have given the city $40,000 to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety. This money is just a small portion of an $87 million grant which will be used to fund 274 public safety projects. The transportation department also plans to tackle the issues of DUI, texting and driving, and more.

All drivers are responsible for making the roadways safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. If you have been injured in a bike accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses or other damages. A lawyer may be able to help. 

Source: Imperial Beach Patch, “IB Awarded $40K State Grant for Bike, Pedestrian Safety,” Shauntel Lowe, June 24, 2013

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