Category: california

Caltrans releases draft statewide Bicycle and and Pedestrian Plan

California Bicycle Pedestrian Plan

Caltrans announced a draft of “Toward An Active California,” their first ever statewide California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and invite public comment at cabikepedplan.civicomment.org.

A series of public meetings have also been announced.

  • Northern California: Tuesday, February 23 , 10:00am – 12:00pm. Dr. Martin Luther King Library, Room 225, 150 E San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA.
  • Central California: Monday, February 27, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Caltrans District 6 Fresno Office, Yosemite Room, 2015 E. Shields, Suite A-100, Fresno, CA.
  • Southern California: Monday, March 6, 10:00am – 12:00pm. Caltrans District 12 Office, Room 104, 1750 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA.
  • Statewide Webinar: Wednesday, March 1. 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Webinar access for all meetings is via https://join.me/CABikeandPed, phone numbers and dial-in codes to be announced later. For the latest info, visit the project website.

Thank you to Andy for catching an error on the Norcal date in an earlier version of this post.

California 2017 driving manual revisions

California’s DMV 2017 edition of its driver handbook will contain numerous revisions related to driving around pedestrians and cyclists. The only thing nobody seems to know anything about is “Added bicyclists to the Tailgating section,” but I guess we’ll find out the new driving manual becomes available Any Day Now.

Fisherman entering the traffic circle

New content:

  • Yield Lines (Shark’s Teeth), with accompanying graphic.
  • Pedestrian Phases (Pedestrian Scrambles), with accompanying graphic.
  • Emergency Notification System for vehicles stalled on the tracks, with accompanying graphic. This information has been added to the Road Signs section and the Safety Tips section regarding stalled vehicles.
  • Information related to the speed of large vehicles when passing pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists and the strong winds it can cause.
  • Information related to green bicycle lanes, with accompanying graphic.

Revised content:

  • Information regarding sharing the road with bicyclists added to the Roundabouts section.
  • New graphic added related to not passing another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk (multiple threat).
  • Added information regarding pedestrians and bicyclists to the CA Basic Speed Law section.
  • Added bicyclists to the Tailgating section.
  • Regarding bicycles, we have elaborated and updated the sections related to Sharrows, Bicycle Lanes, Bicycles in Travel Lanes, and Bicycles (in general).
  • The Taking Dangers One at a Time and Passing sections now include references to properly passing a bicyclist.

Miscellaneous changes:

  • Various sign adjustments and revisions.
  • New content will list road users by most vulnerable; prior content will change as it is revised (pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, vehicle).

H/T Jim Baross of CABO.

Caltrans studies bicycle crash risk

Alert: Wonky stuff ahead.

Although the absolute numbers of bicycle crashes in California have long been available through the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), evaluating crash risk has been difficult because of poor exposure data — we don’t track the number of miles people ride on a daily basis like we do for automotive traffic. Although statewide data is still limited, researchers from UCLA and UC Berkeley used newly available bicycle count data to better evaluate crash risk. They used this exposure data to better determine what factors (socioeconomic and infrastructure) correlate to higher crash risk.

Bicycle crashes January 2016 - July 2016
Red dots on this map show bicycle crashes as logged through the California Highway Patrol dispatch system, January 1 2016 through August 2 2016. This map is updated every 15 minutes. Click map for the updated zoomable view.

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