Chino Hills police will conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on Monday, May 10, followed by a motorcycle safety enforcement event on Sunday, May 16.
The bicycle and pedestrian operation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. with officers looking for violations by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians either speeding, making illegal U-turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for stop signs and other violations.
“Drivers, slow down and allow bicyclists and pedestrians the same access to roads,” said Deputy Sokly Chau. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure everyone is following the rules that keep them safe.”
This year, Chino Hills police have investigated two injury collisions involving a bicyclist or a pedestrian.
Chino Hills police is offering tips to pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists:
*Only cross at marked crosswalks or intersections with a stop sign or signal.
*Look for cars backing up. Avoid going between parked cars.
*Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume they see you.
*Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight when walking at night.
*Wait for pedestrians to cross the street. Be courteous and patient.
*Stay off the phone.
*No speeding. Speed limits are not suggestions.
*Look for pedestrians when backing up, turning at intersections, or entering/exiting shopping centers.
*Always wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 18.
*Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
Motorcycle safety enforcement
Chino Hills police will conduct its motorcycle safety enforcement from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., looking for violations made by drivers and motorcyclists, Deputy Chau said.
*Always check twice for motorcycles in your mirrors and blind spots.
*Use your signal when changing lanes.
*Never follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.
*When at an intersection, allow enough space before turning.
*Always wear a Department of Transportation complaint helmet and protective gear like gloves and leather clothing.
*Consider adding reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
*Keep your lights on at all times, even during the day.
*Don’t assume drivers see you: signal well in advance before changing lanes and watch for turning vehicles.
*Although lane splitting is legal, the practice is not encouraged at high speeds in free-flowing traffic, or between large vehicles like big rigs and motor homes.
Funding for the operations come from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Information: Chino Hills Police, (909) 364-2000.