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City of San José Department of Transportation Receives Highway Safety Bureau Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. (November 2, 2022) – The City of San José Department of Transportation received a $120,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that will fund activities that focus on cyclist and pedestrian safety.

“With the increasing number of road fatalities across the country and here in San Jose, bicycle and pedestrian safety programs are more important than ever,” said John Ristow, Transportation Director for the City of San Jose. . “This OTS grant is a key part of our safety strategy and will help us focus our programs on underserved communities, the elderly and school-aged children.”

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

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The grant funds will support a variety of activities focused on cyclist and pedestrian safety:

  • Community cycling and walking “checks” on streets with a high rate of pedestrian and/or cyclist fatalities and serious injuries.
  • Take part in “open streets” events encouraging cycling and walking.
  • Bike training courses that educate young people on safe riding behaviors.
  • Helmet fit inspections and distribution of helmets to those in need.
  • Community and school educational presentations.
  • Community bike rides that encourage and teach cyclists safe riding techniques.
  • Walking tours with older residents and pedestrian safety education for homeless people.
  • Pop-up events that highlight the importance of visibility on the roads with safety gear such as reflective armbands/leg pads and bicycle headlights/taillights.
  • Deployment of changeable message signs to display safety information targeting drivers in high impact areas
  • Purchase and commissioning of a rodeo bicycle trailer.

The grant program will continue until September 2023.

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

About the City of San José
With over one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse major cities in the United States and is the largest city in Northern California and the 10th largest city in the country. San José’s transformation into a global center of innovation has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the city adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets out a vision and comprehensive roadmap to guide the city’s planned growth through 2040.

About the Ministry of Transportation
The San José Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems that contribute to the livability and economic health of the city. Our goal is to provide a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for all modes of transportation, and that supports the livability and economic vitality of San José.

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