With the number of cyclists seriously or fatally injured in traffic accidents on the rise in Orange County and throughout California, it’s important for representatives of local communities to communicate about ways to improve safety, which is exactly what they’ll be doing at an OCTA-sponsored event this month.
California Office of Traffic Safety records indicate that the incidence of cyclist fatalities and injuries in traffic accidents increased from 1,198 in 2010 to 1,326 in 2011 in Orange County. Across the state, bicyclist deaths increased 13.2 percent from 99 in 2010 to 114 in 2011. Nationwide, deaths among cyclists rose from 623 in 2010 to 677 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On April 14, the Orange County Transportation Authority, better known by locals as OCTA, will be hosting a meeting for bicycle advocates, law enforcement, and local jurisdictions to discuss bicycle safety at Irvine City Hall. Visit the agency’s website to learn more.
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