We’ve been talking a lot about bike safety on LADOT Bike Blog over the last few months, but almost all of it has been geared towards the bicyclist. Talking about bicyclist safety, however, is only part of the equation: safety on the roads includes pedestrians and drivers as well. Any measure of safety for bicyclists has to take into account the actions and behaviors of people behind the wheel. We’re not the ones, after all, encased in 2,000+ lbs. of steel traveling at extremely high speeds. If drivers know how to properly respect bicyclists’ space and properly share the road, everyone will be safer.
In the quest to educate drivers, LADOT is proud to be a member of the Watch the Road campaign. I sat down with Watch the Road coordinator Luz Echavarria at the end of April to talk about Watch the Road and LADOT’s part in the program.