The City of Santa Barbara Police Department, with consultation from SB Bicycle Coalition, will be conducting two days of targeted enforcement in the Downtown on November 11th purpose of the targeted
enforcement is to:
1. Improve public safety for all road users;
2. Respond to citizen and City Council concerns regarding policing of bicyclist’s behavior;
3. Support the City’s 2015 Bicycle Master Plan efforts for education and enforcement;
4. Support the Bike Coalition efforts to educate and encourage safe and frequent bicycling behavior.
The Santa Barbara Police Department will be ticketing bicyclists who violate any California Vehicle Code statute or City Ordinance. Examples include riding bicycles on sidewalks,running red lights, failing to come to complete stops at signed intersections, and not yielding to pedestrians. Drivers and pedestrians who commit observed infractions will also be cited. Drivers are reminded that California has passed a 3-foot passing law, meaning that when passing a bicyclist, a driver must allow at least 3-feet of space between a vehicle and the bicyclists. Often times this means waiting for 15-30 seconds until there is a safe place, without oncoming traffic, tomake the pass.
By every measure (survey data, parking demand, and bike counts), bicycling is becoming more popular for both residents and tourists alike. However, Santa Barbara is the 2nd city of similar size in the State of California for bicycle collisions. The primary goal of this enforcement effort is to improve public safety and reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities.
Secondary goals also include reminding all users of the road ways to obey the law, observe the speed limits, come to complete stops, yield to pedestrians and only cross intersections when it is safe and legal to do so.
Patrols and enforcement will occur between 8am and 3pm on November 11th and 12th Downtown. Please contact Peter Brown of the City’s Public Works, Transportation Division with any questions. Peter Brown, Mobility Coordinator
Phone: (805) 897-2669