West Hollywood Sheriffs to Conduct Another Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation

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September is California Pedestrian Safety Month. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct another bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on, September 15th, 2022 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

There was a similar Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety operation in LA County on September 2, 2022 during the same hours.

“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car,” Sergeant Robert
Hill 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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pedestrian
21 days ago

I have very little respect for bicycle riders in West Hollywood–they’re a hazard to everyone, including themselves. It’s impossible to walk a block down Santa Monica Blvd. without at least one bicycle rider racing down the sidewalk.

Josh Kurpies
Josh Kurpies
21 days ago
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It sounds like your problem is with a handful of bicycle riders that race down the sidewalk, not all bicycle riders in WeHo.

Not all, but I think many of them would ride in the street if we made streets safer – whether that’s lower speed limits, designated bike lanes, better enforcement of traffic laws, better driver education, etc.

Improving safety on our roads benefits everyone and something we should all be supporting.