SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is planning to make bike riding and walking in the city safer, as the number of incidents continue to rise. In the last three years, 874 bike or pedestrian crashes resulting in injury or fatality have occurred in Santa Monica.
On June 1, June 3 and June 5, police will survey high traffic areas in which bikers, pedestrians and cars crashes often occur. Police already made efforts at lowering crash rates, with cross walks, bike lanes, and slower traffic. With these implementations, the number of crashes have continued to rise.
Authorities plan to enforce violations for motorists, bikers, and pedestrians. Motorists will be surveyed to ensure they yield to pedestrians, stop at signals, and follow speed limits. Bikers are expected to follow the same traffic laws as motorists. Pedestrians will also be ticketed for jaywalking.