The City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that will prioritize the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.
“The City of Santa Ana has been working hard to create more alternative transportation options for our residents and visitors, from bike boulevards to the OC Streetcar,” said Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento. “This grant will help our bicycle riders and pedestrians safely enjoy these new resources.”
“Our goal is that education will change poor behaviors and make our roads safer,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “This funding will help ensure the safety of those out biking or walking.”
Grant funds will pay for a comprehensive safety program that will teach valuable skills for all types of road users:
- Bicycle skills and training courses that educate youth on safe riding behaviors.
- Education workshops geared toward youth and older adults.
- Education on the importance of safety equipment that improves visibility such as reflective armbands, bicycle headlights and taillights.
- Community walks and bicycle safety courses.
- Bicycle helmet inspections.
- Helmet fitting inspections and distribution of helmets to those in need.
The grant program will run through September 2022.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.