03/22/12

Public SafetyPublic Safety

Over the past 5 years bicycling has grown 52% and walking is up 18% in the Twin Cities metro area.

While new biking and walking infrastructure is improving safety, law enforcement officers are also part of the safety equation.

However, officers don't enforce laws that they do not know, or cannot defend.

Working with We Bike, Etc. and The City of Saint Paul, Bike Walk Twin Cities presents a campaign focused on protecting those most vulnerable road users, people walking and cycling, through awareness and enforcement.

In February, the brochure Enforcement for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety was distributed to a number of local enforcement agencies.

A list of local, state, and national resources for pedestrian and bicycle safety materials and samples of some items was also provided.

Peter Flucke of We Bike, etc. will be teaching a free two-day course for those officers that want to go further in their pedestrian and bicycle safety training.

In this seminar officers will learn about:

  • the What, Where, When, How, Who & Why of walking and bicycling
  • components of the Highway Safety Triangle
  • pedestrian and bicycle environment audits
  • how pedestrian & bicycle crashes happen
  • pedestrian & bicycle laws
  • crash investigating & reporting
  • potential law enforcement partners
  • and more.

This course is appropriate for all law enforcement officers, however, select officers (e.g., bike patrol, school liaison, FTO, training, neighborhood, shift commanders) will find it particularly useful.

Dates:  April 18 - 19 or May 3 - 4
Time:
   08:00 - 16:15
Place:  MnDOT Central Office, Transportation Bldg
             395 John Ireland Blvd
             St. Paul, MN 55155

Registration: Send an e-mail to roz@webike.org with participant names, departments, E-mail addresses and phone numbers.

Deadline: April 13, 2012