Carlsbad approves articles to make streets safer during emergency proclamation

SAN DIEGO — Work continues to improve street safety in the city of Carlsbad with an emergency proclamation approved in August.

The emergency proclamation to make the roads safer came after two fatal bicycle crashes in August and a 233% increase in e-bike and bicycle crashes in Carlsbad since 2019.

On Tuesday evening, the city presented the city council with more than 40 ideas and more than a dozen items it has already worked on.

The city had the opportunity to vote on approving additional funding of $48 million to address all of the action items presented, but the city decided to vote on spending the $2 million already funded. and to get input from the Citizens Traffic Advisory Board and Planning Committee for advice on what they would like to see done, before sending any further funds.

“Tonight, Carlsbad City Council welcomed 44 ideas from staff and the community on ways to improve our local streets and roads,” Carlsbad City Deputy Manager Geoff Patnoe said after the Tuesday evening meeting.

The city has approved work to continue on the following, to name a few:

  • Roll for Safer Streets Together – $30.00
  • Bike Path Improvements – $421,000
  • Digital Traffic Messaging – $215,000
  • Improved app – $635,000

“I totally support the plan, what’s really exciting to me is vision zero,” said Pete Penseyres, Carlsbad resident and bike safety instructor, who says he’s already seen a change on the streets of the city. town since the proclamation and no more children in its yards.

On Tuesday, the city presented its funding on the proclamation. So far, it has spent about $350,000 of its $2 million budget for the proclamation on several items, including improved enforcement, more signage and green-painted bike lanes, to n’ to name a few.

According to Carlsbad Police data, since last month’s proclamation, the police department has issued about 881 total traffic warnings and tickets, and 187 of those have been issued to e-bike users. Police said they typically issue about 200 total warnings and citations per month.

The Carlsbad Police Department is also studying legislative efforts to help in the fight and is considering partnering with local schools for a permit program.

“If children want to use e-bikes or bicycles to and from school, the school would require them to participate in a free training program provided by the police department and officers,” said the city of Karlsbad. Police Chief Mickey Williams as he discussed ideas over the police department table.

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