Police Announce Enforcement Campaign “Targeting Bicycle Safety”

posted: February 9th, 2011 06:08 pm | 7Comments

UPDATE to clarify and add link to Vehicle code.

Four local police agencies, including the Newport Beach Police Department, will join forces to conduct a Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Feb. 19 and 24, police announced today.

“Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by bicyclists and vehicles,” according to a police news release. “Officers will be addressing traffic violations made by all vehicle operators, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers that lead to bicycle vs. vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities.”

Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and the Costa Mesa police departments also are participating.

The program focuses on education, from the safe and lawful use of bicycles to the rules for vehicles that share roads with cyclists, the statement says.

“With more traffic congestion on our city streets and more people turning to bicycles as a transportation alternative, we need to make sure that all road users understand the rules, laws and safe behavior; particularly how bicyclists and motorists share the road,” the statement says.

Accidents could be avoided if cyclists followed California Vehicle Code requirements including that bicycles be operated on a roadway or shoulder of a highway in the same direction as the traffic flow; bicyclists must stop at stop signs and stop lights and yield the right of way to all traffic when entering or crossing a roadway; read that section here.

Motorists could avoid accidents if they follow California Vehicle Code that requires yielding when turning left;
turning safely; stopping at red lights; and yielding lawfully to others in intersections.

Newport Beach Bicycle Safety Committee members said they were pleased with the program because it focuses on education and awareness.

7 Responses to “Police Announce Enforcement Campaign “Targeting Bicycle Safety””


Frank Peters

February 9th, 2011

Yeah! What great leadership we have in Newport Beach! As an avid cyclist I am thrilled that the Police Departments will team up to increase awareness of sharing the road. I'll be out there observing. The Sharrows on Bayside Drive need a little enforcement, too many motorists are honking and zooming past. The Chief saw this first hand during the New Years Eve ride.

Serge Issakov

February 9th, 2011

"bicyclists must stop at stop signs and stop lights and yield the right of way to all traffic." Bicyclists certainly must stop at stops signs and stop lights... but yield the right of way to all traffic??? The vehicle code certainly does not require that! Please correct this as soon as possible!

Bob Shanteau

February 9th, 2011

"California Vehicle Code requires that ... bicyclists must stop at stop signs and stop lights and yield the right of way to all traffic." It looks like some words got left off the end of this sentence. According to a similar note on the Newport Beach Police Department's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150099220977357&id=96309146725 this statement relates to CVC 21804, in which case it should say "yield the right of way to all traffic when entering a street or highway from any public or private property, or from an alley."

Scott Bergey

February 9th, 2011

I am glad they are cracking down on both!! Before we hurt another in an accident. Below is what was outlined the Police article.... Primary Traffic Collision Factors for Bicycle and Motorist Bicycle vs. Motorist: • 21650.1 CVC – Bicycle must be operated on a roadway or the shoulder of the highway in the same direction as the flow of traffic. • 22450(a) CVC -Failure to stop at Stop Signs. • 21453(a) CVC - Failure to stop at Stop Lights. • 21804 CVC – Yield the right of way to all traffic. Motorist vs. Bicycle: • 21801(a) CVC – Failure to yield when turning left. • 22107 CVC – Unsafe turning movement. • 21453(a) CVC – Failure to stop at red light. • 21451(b) CVC – Failure to yield to others lawfully in intersection. *Reference Source – California Vehicle Code

Eli Damon

February 10th, 2011

I am always both hopeful and suspicious when I hear stories like this. If it is done well, then it can do a lot of good. But often it turns into a cyclist witch hunt. It is important to make sure the officers who conduct this program really understand what is legal/illegal and what is safe/unsafe, and that they respond appropriately. I wish good luck to Corona del Mar in this undertaking.

Bryant Turnage

February 12th, 2011

Education is important, but too often this is just a case of police and the public expecting more of cyclists than they do of drivers or even pedestrians. Maybe when every driver always obeys the speed limit, yields right of way, doesn't roll through stop signs, and otherwise obeys the letter of the law, we can start demanding the same of cyclists.


February 14th, 2011

Frequently, I ride my bike after dark going to and from resturants. Everytime an officer sees me, I get pulled over and, at a minimum, questioned, even if I am breaking no law. It has gotten so bad that I turn my light off and find the darkest possible routes.

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