by Photo courtesy of San Diego County

San Diego County received a $125,000 state grant to fund activities that emphasize pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

The grant was administered by the California Office of Transportation from approximately 108.5 million in federal funds for 373 grants. The goal is to expand safe walking and biking options state-wide and provide key education and enforcement programs that make roads safer.

According to Barbara Jiménez,  San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency Community Operations Officer, bicycle ridership is a growing part of the region’s sustainable future. 

“It has never been more important to promote both the benefits of cycling and ensuring everyone is using our roads safely,” she said.

The state funds will support activities focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety, including Education and outreach social media campaigns, participation in State and National campaigns such as National Walk to School Day and California’s Pedestrian Safety Month, and community presentations. 

The grant will also fund “Open Streets” events encouraging biking and walking, bicycle and scooter skills training courses that educate on safe riding behaviors, walking field trips for older adults to help educate on safe active transportation techniques and stakeholder meetings.

“Every bicyclist and pedestrian should feel safe on the road,” said OTS Director Barbara Rooney. “Education is one of many important tools that collectively work to make sure everyone, regardless of how they travel, reaches their destination safely.”

The services will be provided by Circulate San Diego and will run through Sept. 30, 2023. 

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