Cypress Police Department

Bicycle and pedestrian safety operation planned for this Saturday night in Cypress

The Cypress Police Department will have additional officers on patrol conducting a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the city limits. This operation is aimed at keeping people out exercising or enjoying the outdoors safe.

The Cypress Police Department recognizes the need to protect the public by looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians that make roads hazardous.

These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals, or any other traffic violation by bike riders or pedestrians.

“Drivers, slow down and allow bicyclists and pedestrians the same access to roads,” Mayor Jon Peat said. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure everyone is following rules that keep them safe.”

The safety of community members remains a top priority for the Cypress Police Department. So far this year, the Cypress Police Department has investigated 15 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Cypress Police Department offers the following tips when out biking, driving, or walking:

PEDESTRIANS

  • Only cross at marked crosswalks or intersections with a stop sign or signal.
  • Look for cars backing up. Avoid going between parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume they see you.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight when walking at night.

DRIVERS

  • Wait for pedestrians to cross the street. Be courteous and patient.
  • Stay off the phone.
  • No speeding. Speed limits are not suggestions.
  • Look for pedestrians when backing up, turning at intersections or entering/exiting shopping centers.

BICYCLISTS

  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 18.
  • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.

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

This article was released by the Cypress Police Department.

1 Comment

  1. This enforcement campaign should also include citing automobile operators that drive at dawn/dusk/night without their lights on. In older automobiles, the dashboard was illuminated only by ambient light and at night without turning on headlights, the driver was looking into a black hole and instantly knew that the exterior lights had to be on in order to see the dashboard. Now dashboards are backlit full-time and at night the driver sees a lighted dashboard and has almost lost awareness that their exterior lights are on or off.

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