News release - 7/18/2012

Published 7/23/2012 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT Bicycle crashes increase in Oxnard 
DATE/TIME July 18, 2012 
CONTACT Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager / PIO
(805) 385-7631 monica.munoz@oxnardpd.org

(Oxnard, CA) There has been an increase in the number of bicycle collisions in the city of Oxnard in recent months. Between January and June in 2011 there were a total of 25 collisions involving bicycles. Between those same months this year, there have been 49 bicycle collisions.
 
As a result of this increase, Oxnard PD patrol officers and traffic officers are conducting directed bicycle enforcement which includes educating the public on bicycle safety and proper choices while riding a bicycle on city streets.
 
The primary collision factors in these crashes are wrong-way riding and signal and stop sign violations. Officers are enforcing these violations and bicycle equipment violations for example: riders under the age of 18 must wear a bicycle helmet and all bicycles must be equipped with functioning brakes. Helmets are strongly recommended for everyone when riding a bicycle.

Bicycle riders are to follow the same rules of the road as those driving cars on our roadways. Here are just a few rules and tips for safe bicycle use –
 

  • Travel in the same direction as cars and stop for all stop signs and obey all signal lights.
  • Oxnard city ordinance 7-132(d) prohibits people over the age of 12 from riding their bikes on the sidewalk.
  • Make eye contact and make sure a driver sees you before crossing in front of a car.
  • Wear light clothing so that drivers may see you more easily at night.
  • A front white headlight and a rear reflector are required when riding at night. A red light on the rear is strongly recommended.
  • Stay focused and stay alert… do not ride with headphones in both ears.
  • Use extreme caution when making turns in traffic.
  • Ride far enough away from parked cars so you can avoid suddenly opened doors.


Follow these links for bicycle safety information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/pdf/BicyclePedSafetyBrochure.pdf  
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles
 
 

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