ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2017) – The Anaheim Police Department (APD) has been awarded a $70,000 grant to improve the City’s ongoing commitment to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
APD will use the funding to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety through classroom education, bicycle rodeos, community events, presentations, and workshops. Coordinated efforts with Safe Routes to School initiatives, Vision Zero campaigns, and working with community-based organizations will be key to preventing fatalities and injuries of vulnerable non-motorized road users.
“This award will allow us to enhance our approach in preventing deadly bicycle and pedestrian collisions, specifically those among underserved communities, older adults, and school-aged children,” said Acting Chief Julian Harvey.
The number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths. Anaheim has had 115 bicycle-involved collisions year to date, 102 that resulted in injury. Pedestrian involved collisions total 131 with 114 of those resulting in injury reports.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety.