The Highland Police Department will conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation from 7 a. m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. The enforcement is aimed at keeping people out exercising or enjoying the outdoors safely.

The Highland 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 roads,” Deputy T. Houn 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 Highland Police Department. So far this year, the Highland Police Department has investigated several injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

To keep you and your family safe, the Highland 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.

(2) comments

City Dave

So maybe we need to add an additional item to the "Pedestrians" list of things to do? That would be stay on the sidewalk or pathway and don't use the bicycle lanes for walking or jogging! I can not count how many times I have come across people jogging or walking in the bicycle lanes while driving on the streets in Highland. This seems to be prevalent in the East Highlands Ranch with both joggers and walkers in the bicycle lanes. It could be the these people don't know or care that California Vehicle Code 21966 says "No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where there is an adjacent pedestrian facility. An "Pedestrian Facility" is a sidewalk or pathway. I have noticed that this type of activity of being in the bicycle lane is prevalent in the East Highlands Ranch area. Especially in the morning and evening hours with people even pushing strollers or walking their dogs in the lanes when a perfectly fine sidewalk is available.

Maybe the Highland Police Department (San Bernardino County Sheriff's) could use some of the grant money and drive around and enforce this vehicle code? They could possibly do this during normal patrols? Just say something over the loud speaker or roll down the window talk to them.

Be safe and

Happy Trails

growthisgood

Where is this safety operation to be held at? Are we to assume it is going to be at the police department? Sometimes these events are held at local parks etc?

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