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Alameda Police Launch Two New Bicycle Programs

One of the programs is designed to reward children who demonstrate safe cycling skills. The other is a Bicycle Diversion Program for adults.

From the Alameda Police Department

As part of the Alameda Police Department’s continuing effort to promote bicycle safety, two new programs were launched on Dec. 1. One of the programs is designed to reward children who demonstrate safe cycling skills. The other is a Bicycle Diversion Program for adults.

The reward based program is specifically intended to acknowledge and encourage safe cycling skills demonstrated by middle and high school aged children. When a police officer observes a child following the rules of the road, the officer will give that child a Tucker’s Token. The Token entitles the child to a free ice cream cone at Tucker's Ice Cream. A total of 50 tokens per month will be distributed throughout Alameda.

The California Vehicle Code (CVC) defines a bicyclist as a motorist when on the roadway. As an example, if a cyclist is stopped by a police officer and issued a citation for CVC 22450, “Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign”, that individual faces a potential fine of approximately $234. The only difference is a bicyclist does not accrue “a point” on their driving record.

In lieu of the above, the Bicycle Diversion Program allows a cyclist who has been cited for a CVC violation to attend an Alameda-based, Bicycle Traffic School. The violator will have 30 days from the date of the violation to pay a $50 administrative fee for the two-hour safety training course. Upon completion of the safety course, the citation will be dismissed. If the violator elects not to attend the training, the citation will be submitted to the Clerk of the Court for standard processing. Violators are eligible for the Bicycle Diversion Program once per calendar year.

The classes are to be held at the Alameda Fire Training Facility, located in Building 522, at 431 Stardust Pl. Classes will be held on the second Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and administered by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

The goal of the program is to decrease the number of bicycle collisions, injuries, and fatalities in Alameda through bicycle safety education. Additional information and registration can be found on the East Bay Bicycle Coalition web site at www.ebbc.org/AlamedaPD.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Bike Alameda, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Tucker’s Ice Cream, Greer Family Mortuary and Alameda Bicycle. Who without their support these programs would not have been made possible.

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Robert Prinz December 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
As the Education Coordinator for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, I would also like to mention that the 2-hour adult/teen safety classes we are teaching once per month are free and open to the general public as well, and not just for ticketed cyclists. These classes are actually quite fun in addition to being educational, and are a great resource for experienced cyclists and newbies alike. Even folks who never bike can learn a lot about how to drive safely around cyclists by attending these free classes! Go to www.ebbc.org/safety to see our full list of free adult, youth, and family workshops hosted in Alameda and all over the East Bay.
joel December 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Cyclist : Should you want to commit suicide by running stop signs or traffic light please don't . it is a pretty gruesome sight . Destroy your own life not someone else ,I have been riding bike for about 56 years no accidents , what I see every days is simply stupid .
Analisa Harangozo December 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Thanks for sharing this with us, Robert!
Thomas December 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM
This is great! I hope this really helps out motorists and cyclists a like! Too many accidents happen. A lot of sites like 2wheelbikes offer great info on bike safety. This will be a major benefit to the community.
Lisbeth Allen December 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I still see way too many kids riding bikes without helmets. Sadly, it's often kids who have another kid perched on the handlebars or some other circus maneuver.

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