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Carlsbad to review State of Emergency declared for bike & e-bikes

If the council ratifies the emergency declaration, it will then want to be reviewed by the council each 60 days till it ends the state of emergency.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The City of Carlsbad is placing its state of emergency up for review. The metropolis declared the state of native emergency on August 23 for bicycle and e-bike security, following a worrying enhance within the quantity of collisions.

According to town, there have been 57 collisions involving cyclists this year, practically matching 2020’s complete of 62 and never far behind the tempo of 2021’s 100 collisions.

Such collisions are up 233% since 2019, and metropolis officers stated in a press release they need to “increase attention and resources on a range of solutions including infrastructure, safety, enforcement and a focus on safe driving behavior education.”

With the declaration, Carlsbad City Manager Scott Chadwick has referred to as on resources from town’s police, hearth, transportation and neighborhood schooling departments to develop motion plans to be introduced to the City Council on Tuesday, adopted by a complete plan on Sept. 27.

According to town, an emergency declaration permits town to reallocate resources, expedite sure actions and briefly bypass prolonged processes to tackle an present or imminent risk. The official declaration covers the protection of bicycles, e-bikes and different motorized gadgets, which might embrace electrical scooters and motorized skateboards.

“This is an issue that affects every single member of our community, and it will take all of us working together to make our streets safer,” Chadwick stated.

The use of bikes and e-bikes elevated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and in December 2020, the City Council authorised a plan to add and develop sidewalks and bike lanes, whereas taking steps to decelerate automobiles on streets all through Carlsbad.

People within the biking neighborhood are hopeful the state of emergency will lead to actual change.

“This is an unprecedented step but, in our view, a necessary step,” stated Will Rhatigan, advocacy director for the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Cyclists stated they’re glad to see motion taken to stop future collisions.

“The village is pretty hectic. I’ll get some close contact but I’m pretty safe on my e-bike,” stated 16-year-old Eva Kaskovich.

If the council ratifies the emergency declaration, it will then want to be reviewed by the council each 60 days till it ends the state of emergency.

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