CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — The city recently took short-term measures in response to a 233% rise in collisions involving bikes and e-bikes in the past three years while it works to present a longer-term solution to the City Council on Tuesday.
When the City Council ratified the emergency proclamation Aug. 30, it also approved spending $2 million for immediate traffic safety efforts, including: Overstaffing police department sworn positions by four additional full-time officers ($535,000).
Increasing police department overtime for training and enforcement ($100,000).
Procuring additional speed feedback signs and electronic messaging boards ($250,000).
Developing infrastructure projects and safe driving behavior education ($1,115,000).
The bike collisions have occurred with pedestrians, cars, other bicyclists, and solo accidents. Two deaths were reported last month. One man on a bike was killed by a speeding motorcycle, and a woman on an e-bike was killed when she was hit by a car. The fatalities are still under investigation, said city spokesperson Kristina Ray.
According to Ray, Carlsbad has been focusing on education, engineering, and enforcement in the short term. The city also has: Added green markings to bike lanes in dozens of locations. Installed speed feedback signs and digital message boards in areas with higher collisions. Worked with local schools to get information out to parents and students about traffic safety. Increased enforcement of traffic rules across all modes of travel. Launched a public awareness program. Accelerated the timing of traffic calming projects that include traffic circles, speed humps, and wider bike lanes. "We don’t have […]