The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to offer bicycle and pedestrian safety workshops over the next year.
“We look forward to using this funding in support of our ongoing commitment to keeping roadways safe and improving quality of life for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising in California. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities.
“Walking and bicycling outside are great forms of exercise and transportation, supporting wellness in our communities,” said Department of Health and Human Services Director, Kelly Colopy. “This OTS grant will allow us to train community members to be safe while they’re enjoying these activities.”
This funding will help combat bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities by offering free bicycle safety workshops to community members residing in high collision areas. In addition, Health and Human Services will facilitate walking workshops where residents will provide input on how to make their neighborhoods safer for walking. The grant will also fund bicycle safety teen academies and bicycle safety workshops.
“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Long Beach and the state.”
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Workshops and activities will take place between January and September of 2016.
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