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    LASD to Conduct Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation in West Hollywood

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    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a traffic safety operation on, April 17th from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk in West Hollywood.

    These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to cyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

    “We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car,” Sergeant Michael Lennig said. “Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another.”

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to greatly reduce the risk of getting injured or in a crash:

    Pedestrians

    • Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.
    • Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.
    • Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.
    • Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.
    • Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

    Drivers

    • Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
    • Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.
    • Never drive impaired.

    Bicyclists

    • Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet.
    • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
    • Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.
    • If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.
    • Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

    Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Tom
    Tom
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    1 month ago

    Driver list is way too short:

    Drivers

    • Put your phone down!!!!!! Eyes on the road, even at red lights.
    • Stop at all stop signs. Look for pedestrians before proceeding. Pedestrians have the right of way.
    • When turning left at an unprotected light, check both for oncoming cars and for pedestrians in the opposite crosswalk coming from both directions before starting your turn.
    Curtis
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    1 month ago

    No mention of scooters….???

    Tom
    Tom
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    1 month ago

    As a pedestrian, I’ll be impressed when they have a “sting” on bicyclists who ignore stop signs and scooter operators who are zipping along the sidewalks.

    Last edited 1 month ago by Tom
    voter
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    1 month ago

    The bicyclists are a bigger threat to pedestrians than the drivers. Bicyclists ignore traffic signs and signals and are constantly riding on our sidewalks.

    Last edited 1 month ago by voter
    Tom
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    1 month ago

    How many bicycle vs ped collisions have there been versus car vs ped?

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