Cypress Police Department

Cypress Police Department plans bicycle and pedestrian safety operation for January 21, 2022

Cypress Police Department will conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on January 21, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 unsafe.

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 the roadways,” Mayor Paulo Morales said. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure everyone is following rules that keep them safe.”

The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians remains a top priority for the Cypress Police Department. In 2021, the Cypress Police Department investigated zero deadly and thirty-one injury/non-injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

To keep you and your family safe, 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 is 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.