Bicycle commuters
San Diego bicycle commuters. Photo courtesy SANDAG

The San Diego Police Department said Sunday there will be a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation Monday.

The operation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be focused in the Northern Division which includes the communities of Clairemont, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach.

Police will focus on drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders who violate traffic laws.

The SDPD identified locations over the past three years where pedestrian and bicycle collisions have occurred, along with the violations that led to those crashes. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Police will look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

Police officials offered these safety tips:

Drivers should:

– Look out for bicyclists, pedestrians and scooter riders, especially at night or in bad weather.

– Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.

– Be cautious when backing up.

Bicyclists should:

– Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets. If a bicyclist is under 18 years of age, a helmet is legally required.

– Bicyclists are legally required to obey the same rules as drivers including traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

– Ride in the same direction as traffic.

– Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing.

– Have a front light and red rear reflector when riding at night as required by law.

Pedestrians should:

– Cross at crosswalks or intersections and obey signs and signals

– Make eye contact with drivers as they approach crosswalks and intersections. Never assume a driver sees you.

– Look left-right-left before crossing a street.

– Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.

– Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night. Use a flashlight whenever possible.

Scooter riders should:

– Wear properly fitted helmets.

– Obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators.

– Ride in the same direction as traffic.

– Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk for high visibility.

– Ride a scooter a night with a front light and a red reflector to the rear.

– Not ride with any passengers.

– Be at least 15 1/2 years old with a valid driver’s permit.

Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

— City News Service