Senate ResolutionNo. 17

Introduced by Senators Evans and DeSaulnier

August 12, 2013

Senate Resolution No. 17—Relative to bicycle and pedestrian safety.

P1    1WHEREAS, The National Highway Traffic Safety
2Administration’s (NHTSA) National Center for States and Analysis
3reports that in 2010 almost one-fifth, or 19 percent, of all children
4between five and nine years of age who were killed in traffic
5crashes were pedestrians. Children 15 years of age and younger
6accounted for 7 percent of the pedestrian fatalities and 23 percent
7of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2010 ; and

8WHEREAS, NHTSA reported that in 2011, 677 bicyclists were
9killed, an increase of 59 from 2010, and an additional 52,000 were
10injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Bicyclists under 16 years
11of age accounted for 11 percent of all those killed and 21 percent
12of those injured in traffic crashes in 2010 ; and

13WHEREAS, NHTSA further reported that pedestrian deaths
14from traffic collisions have increased 4 percent from 2005 to 2010,
15inclusive; and

16WHEREAS, The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)
17reports that injuries and deaths caused by traffic collisions
18involving pedestrians increased from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011,
19or 3.9 percent, and for bicyclists from 99 in 2010 to 114 in 2011,
20or 13 percent; and

21WHEREAS, Recent studies by the National Council on Youth
22Sports, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States
23Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Institute
24of Health (NIH) found that children 5 to 18 years of age, inclusive,
25and adults continue to be victims of pedestrian, bicycle, and
26skateboard accidents; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Education programs recommended by the Federal
2Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Safe Routes To School
3(SRTS) National Partnership assume most of the accidents
4involving bicycle riding, using a skateboard, and walking in traffic
5that result in injury or death are due to a lack of knowledge on the
6part of victims and drivers of motor vehicles, therefore,
7preventable, and would not have occurred had those involved made
8educated and informed decisions regarding safe behavior as
9pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, and drivers of motor vehicles;

11WHEREAS, According to the California School Board
12Association (CSBA), the SRTS National Partnership, the FHWA,
13and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the best method
14of prevention of pedestrian and bicycle traffic accidents is
15education at key points in life for both children and adults.
16Comprehensive and sustainable education, with repeated reminders
17through the public schools and public mass media messages, will
18lead to fewer pedestrian, bicycle, and skateboard injuries and
19deaths; and

20WHEREAS, The current status for participation in SRTS
21National Partnership education curriculum by schools in California
22can best be described as fractured. How many schools participate,
23for how long, and for which program, as well as how it is funded,
24are difficult to determine. It can be estimated that with only very
25few exceptions, only a small number of all California schools
26participate for a limited time until limited funds are exhausted.
27Using Sonoma County as an example, according to the SRTS
28National Partnership Director for the Sonoma County Bike
29Coalition, currently out of 177 schools, only 24, or less than 14
30percent, participate in at least one of the five components of the
31SRTS National Partnership program; and

32WHEREAS, CSBA and the SRTS National Partnership
33encourage and recommend that schools and local jurisdictions
34participate and support bicycle and pedestrian education programs,
35both through policy initiatives and financial support where
36currently available; and

37WHEREAS, According to FHWA, NHTSA, OTS, the CSBA
38and the SRTS National Partnership, a detailed safety skills
39curriculum included at key grade levels, such as third, sixth, and
40ninth grades, with ongoing reminders at all grades, will ensure that
P3    1all school children will be provided the opportunity to learn the
2rules of the road related to the responsibilities and rights for
3pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders; and

4WHEREAS, SRTS National Partnership, CDC, NHTSA,
5FHWA, and OTS publications suggest that the inclusion of
6curriculum in the State of California frameworks for health and
7physical education designed for all children with involvement of
8parents and community members will reduce the incidence of
9pedestrian, bicycle, and skateboard accidents when the curriculum
10for safety instruction is implemented; and

11WHEREAS, Motor vehicle drivers should be prepared to share
12the road and should consider that all pedestrians, bicycle riders,
13and skateboard riders are someone’s, children, parents, or friends;

15WHEREAS, According to OTS, when considering traffic
16fatalities, California has adopted the slogan “Toward Zero Deaths,
17Every 1 Counts”; now, therefore, be it

18Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate
19encourages the State of California to promote a comprehensive
20and sustainable program, such as the existing model curriculum
21for pedestrian and bicycle safety now in use in most of schools of
22the County of Marin and other schools located throughout the
23United States, and endorse increased pedestrian, bicycle, and
24skateboard safety education programs ; and be it further

25Resolved, That the Senate encourages parents and teachers to
26ensure that children learn defensive walking, bike riding, and
27skateboarding in traffic, including wearing a helmet when bike
28riding or skateboarding, and learning the dangers of using any
29electronic devise or headphones when walking, bike riding, or
30skateboarding; and be it further

31Resolved, That the Senate encourages the State Department of
32Education to require all teachers to be trained to teach bicycle and
33pedestrian safety; and be it further

34Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
35this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.