SMPD Bike/Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for March 18th

March 17, 2024 11:13 am

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with enforcement efforts focused on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Police Department identifies locations where pedestrian and bicycle collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bicycle and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries. Officers will look for violations committed by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians that can lead to life-changing injuries. These violations include speeding, illegal turning, failure to yield or provide the right of way to cyclists or pedestrians, or not stopping for signs and signals.

These additional enforcement efforts will take place on Monday, March 18, 2024 between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.

“We all have a place to be and not everyone gets there by car. Cyclists and pedestrians have the same rights on the road, but they face even more risk without the protection that vehicles have. We must all look out for each other other”.


· Be predictable. Use crossroads, when available.

· Be aware of oncoming vehicles and exercise due care.

· Do not walk or run in the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.

· Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, especially at dawn, dusk or night.

· Be very careful when crossing roads or entering intersections at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier roads with more lanes and higher speed limits.


· Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.

· Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right turn.

· Never drive unfairly.

The cyclists

· Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use night lights (white front light and red rear reflector), and wear a helmet.

· Cyclists must travel in the same direction as traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

· Avoid the gate area: don’t drive too close to parked cars.

· If there is a bicycle lane, use it, unless you are making a left turn, passing or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.

· Yield to pedestrians. Cyclists must yield the right of way to pedestrians in marked crosswalks or in unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Myesha Morrison

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