Police in the California Central Valley city of Hanford says bicycle crashes are up compared to last year.
“Cars aren’t looking,” Traffic Officer Jeff Davis said. “I personally almost hit a bicyclist in my truck the other day.”
Instead of informing drivers that the difficult task of “looking” belongs to the vehicle operator and not the car, Davis proposes another solution: ticket those scofflaw cyclists!
Traffic officer Jeff Davis said the department’s traffic division will begin ramping up its enforcement for bicycle related offenses starting Oct. 1.
“That’s due to all of the bicycle accidents this year,” Davis said.
In the city of Hanford, 0.4% of residents commute to work by bike.
The Nevada Highway Patrol, in the meantime, reports a troubling 300% increase in Las Vegas bicycle fatalities this year compared to last year. Nevada’s solution: target the problem, not the victim.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is renewing its focus on the safety of bicycle riders in Las Vegas. On Friday NHP reminded people that the law requires people driving cars to stay at least three feet from any bike rider.
The Three-Feet rule is a minimum distance. Drivers who are in the right lane of a street, with a bicycle rider to their right, should merger to the left lane if it’s available.
“When it comes to that three feet rule it applies to any part of that motor vehicle, which includes the mirrors. When a bicyclist is hit they are being struck by those mirrors,” says Trooper Loy Hixson with the Nevada Highway Patrol.
The NHP is also launching a program called Badge On Bicycle. The department will have a trooper wearing plain clothes riding a bike on local streets. If a driver breaks the three-feet law, it’s likely they’ll be pulled over by a waiting patrol car.