In early November, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awarded the Solano Transportation Authority’s (STA) Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Grant, worth $85,000, which will be used to host multiple community pedestrian safety workshops across Solano County. STA officials plan to use the grant funding to educate pedestrians and reduce distracted walking, as traffic accidents involving pedestrians are becoming more common throughout Solano County. According to recent statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety, Solano County ranked 12th in pedestrian collisions and second in collisions involving pedestrians under 15 years old across counties statewide.
While this grant will be the second awarded to the STA’s SR2S program, the goal of this grant is to engage the community, share information and collaborate with key city and county stakeholders to find solutions to make local roadways safer for both youth and adult pedestrians. In the past, STA has used the funds to provide helmets, education and presentations at elementary and middle schools, and events across Solano County in an effort to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The California Office of Traffic Safety is a state agency whose goal is to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries by making available grants to local and state public agencies for programs that help them enforce traffic laws, educate the public in traffic safety, and provide varied and effective means of reducing fatalities, injuries and economic losses from collisions.
For more information on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety grant, please contact Lloyd Nadal, Program Services Division Manager at (707) 399- 3219 or [email protected]