Statewide news channel, NEWS 14, caught WEBIKE, etc. President Peter Flucke instructing local law enforcement officers during a pedestrian safety class.
Watch the video here: Law Enforcement Focuses on Pedestrian Safety
“Watch For Me – NC” Tactical Training Workshop
Enforcement for Pedestrian Safety
August 8, 9, and 10, 2012
In conjunction with the “Watch For Me – NC” pedestrian safety campaign kicking off in Fall of 2012, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Research Center, and the Institute for Transportation Research & Education are offering “Enforcement for Pedestrian Safety.” This one-day workshop will be offered three times: August 8, 9, and 10th at the NCSU campus in Raleigh.
This workshop is free and open to members of law enforcement agencies and university police in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro.
This course has been developed to give law enforcement officers the special traffic management knowledge and skills they need to improve pedestrian safety in their communities. The workshop will offer the latest pedestrian safety enforcement information. The following topic areas will be covered:
- Where pedestrians fit in
- The Highway Safety Triangle
- Engineering for Pedestrian Safety
- How Pedestrian Crashes Happen
- Relevant Laws
- Pedestrian Environment Audit
- Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Operations
- Crash Investigation and Reporting
- Potential Law Enforcement Partners
The course will include hands-on, in-the-field, training on conducting a Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Operation.
These workshops will be instructed by Peter Flucke, a nationally recognized pedestrian safety expert and former law enforcement officer with experience in assisting communities with improving pedestrian and bicycle safety and access.
When & Where
August 8, 9, or 10th, 2012
Institute for Transportation Research & Education
North Carolina State University
909 Capability Drive, Room 2600
8:00AM – 4:00PM
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Jaywalking uptown? It could cost you $213
Record year in pedestrian deaths spurs ticketing of jaywalkers, errant drivers. Cost: $213 and up
By Lindsay Ruebens
The Charlotte Observer
Posted: Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012
Following a record year of pedestrian fatalities, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police began a crackdown Monday uptown against jaywalkers and unlawful drivers to raise safety awareness.
On foot and bicycle, officers at five heavily traveled intersections handed out 41 tickets – which brought hefty penalties.
Tickets will cost jaywalkers $213, Officer Michael Tinsley said. The fine for jaywalking is $25, and court fees are $188. Citations for driving infractions, such as failing to yield to pedestrians, cost $223, $35 of which is the fine.
The three-week campaign was spurred by back-to-back accidents in January at Stonewall and College streets. Bank executive Brett Morgan, 47, was struck and killed while walking to work. The next day, pedestrian David Smuda, 42, was hit and injured at the same spot. Both men were struck while walking in a crosswalk.
An Observer analysis found Charlotte has seen an increase in pedestrian-related crashes in recent years.
Jaywalking was among one of the most common contributing factors in wrecks with pedestrians. Other factors: distracted drivers and a lack of sidewalks.
Fourteen pedestrians have died in incidents involving motor vehicles so far this year. There were 24 such deaths in 2011. Mecklenburg County leads the state in the number of pedestrians injured and killed by motor vehicles.
Tinsley, who is heading the ticket campaign, said an increase in complaints to the police and to the Charlotte Department of Transportation about jaywalkers and unsafe drivers uptown was a factor in starting the campaign.
He said after the January incidents, he was asked to devise a solution. Tinsley said dangerous intersections had “a direct correlation with pedestrians not following the rules of the road and vehicles not following the rules of the road.”
Tinsley said he did not know whether other CMPD divisions outside uptown would enforce jaywalking laws.
The campaign is focused on morning traffic, lunchtime and the evening rush hour. Some of the most heavily traveled intersections that police are watching are on College and Tryon streets. At least six pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in recent years at those locations.
The campaign targets aggressive jaywalkers and drivers, which include “those who dash in front of cars or run across the street or just walk nonchalantly in front of a vehicle,” he said.
Monday, uptown pedestrians were taken by surprise when officers started handing out tickets.
An officer on a bicycle ticketed one man for jaywalking on Tryon Street between Trade and Fifth streets. He said he was very angry. “I can’t even talk,” he said before stalking away down a sidewalk.
Large cities such as Charlotte, Orlando, Fla., and Phoenix grew in the automobile age and now rank among the most dangerous places for pedestrians and bicyclists.
David Goldberg, of Washington-based Transportation for America, said he has seen periodic efforts across the country to educate people how to follow the rules of the road.
“What a lot of places are doing is auditing how the problem intersections are regulated as well,” he said.
Design and signal timing are also factors in considering problem areas with jaywalkers and motorists.
Peter Flucke, a former police officer, is assisting a statewide pedestrian safety program based in the Raleigh-Durham area called Watch For Me NC. Flucke said a cultural change needs to take place for accidents between people and vehicles to stop. “Enforcing jaywalking typically is not a really effective pedestrian safety measure,” he said. “There really is a cultural change that has to take place.”
Goldberg agreed, and said that he has observed that West Coast cities, like Seattle, have a much higher level of respect between pedestrians and vehicles. On the East Coast, drivers rule the road, he said.
“In Atlanta, the car almost always presumes it has the right of way, and the driver always presumes roads are for cars and people just need to look out for cars,” he said.
Monday afternoon, Eric Tester jaywalked across Trade Street but wasn’t ticketed. He said jaywalking is a normal part of life in uptown Charlotte.
“I pretty much go if it’s clear,” he said. “I guess I know it’s illegal, but if somebody goes before the light, everyone else just follows. I think that’s pretty common.”
Capital District Transportation Committee
Provides Local Law Enforcement with Resources for
Pedestrian and Bicycle Law Education and Enforcement
Initiative to enhance roadway safety for all users
Albany, NY – April 13, 2012 – “Officers don’t enforce laws that they do not know and they don’t enforce laws that they cannot defend,” says Peter Flucke of WE BIKE, etc., LLC. To assist the Capital Region police departments with educational and enforcement efforts related to pedestrian and bicycle safety, Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is providing local public safety officers with essential educational materials. The training protocol and workshops are developed by former police officer Peter Flucke, who has trained public safety officers around the country in predicting and preventing leading causes of pedestrian and bicycle crashes.
The CDTC rolled out WE BIKE’s Continuum of Training in Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement over the past several months to positive reviews by multiple Capital-area police departments. The initiative is part of the comprehensive investments to increase bicycling and walking transportation in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties through CDTC’s Capital Coexist program. “A greater presence of bicyclists and walkers actually reduces the likelihood of a collision with a motor vehicle. We are moving in the right direction, but safety on the streets is key to making bicycling and walking reliable transportation modes for more users,” said Jason Purvis, Senior Transportation Planner, of CDTC/Capital Coexist.
As with motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists rely on law enforcement officers to enforce laws to enhance roadway safety. However, most public safety officers have not received any pedestrian- or bicycle-specific enforcement training, making it difficult for them to factor this kind of enforcement into their efforts to ensure roadway safety for all users.
The Continuum of Training, provided free to law enforcement agencies in the Capital region, includes the following components:
- Brochure – “Enforcement for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety” – available in print and electronic form, this handy brochure contains basic information on pedestrian and bicycle safety and pertinent state statutes for the state ofNew York.
- Safety and educational resources – samples of pedestrian and bicycle safety materials for use by law enforcement, including posters, pocket guides, coloring books, etc.
- Roll call videos – produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these brief, educational videos on pedestrian and bicycle safety are targeted to law enforcement audiences.
- Computer-based training – self-paced and computer-based training for pedestrian and bicycle safety developed by NHTSA.
- Two-day training – led by Peter Flucke, includes classroom and on-the-road activities. Scheduled on April 30th and May 1st, attendees learn how to conduct a local audit of pedestrian and bicycle safety, pedestrian and bicycle laws, how and when crashes happen, and crash investigating and reporting.
Capital region law enforcement departments interested in any of the components listed above, including the two-day training, should contact Jason Purvis at 518-458-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We want to make sure all communities we serve can benefit from the Continuum of Training”, said David Jukins, Deputy Director of CDTC. “Enforcing the rules of the road for all users is an important aspect of creating safer streets and more vibrant walking and bicycling communities.”
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Idaho Transportation Department sponsors
bicycle and pedestrian safety training for law enforcement
March 27, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOISE – Spring weather will bring more bicyclists and pedestrians on or near Idaho’s highways. In anticipation, the Idaho Transportation Department will sponsor a statewide training for law enforcement officers to brush up on Idaho’s bicycle and pedestrian safety laws.
ITD’s Office of Highway Safety awarded WE BIKE, etc, LLC, a contract to deliver bicycle and pedestrian safety training to Idaho law enforcement officers beginning this month. The contract includes the “Continuum of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training for Law Enforcement” developed by WE BIKE in 2006.
The “Continuum” is a planned succession of safety information and multi-faceted training, from basic to in-depth, delivered over several months to law enforcement officers. Concluding two-day pedestrian and bicycle safety workshops tentatively are scheduled for Boise and Coeur d’Alene in June.
“The goal of this joint effort is to eliminate pedestrian and bicycle traffic crashes with vehicles on Idaho’s urban roads though education and enforcement,” said Donna Vasquez, with ITD’s highway safety office.
“This is the first time WE BIKE has worked in Idaho,” said Peter Flucke, WE BIKE president and a former law enforcement officer.
“Law enforcement officers in Idaho are looking for ways to improve the safety of their residents, especially as higher gas prices and health concerns push residents to walk and bike more often,” Flucke said.
WE BIKE, etc., LLC DEBUTS NEW WEBSITE
Included are New Graphics, Video Component
Green Bay, Wis – January 5, 2012 – WE BIKE, etc., LLC, a national pedestrian and bicycle safety consulting firm, is showing off a newly re-designed website. Included in the overhaul is the move to a Word Press format, new text and graphics, and a video of Peter Flucke, president and owner.
The new website, www.webike.org, now features four main consulting areas that are the focus of WE BIKE – education, engineering, enforcement, and encouragement for walking, bicycling, and safer communities. Also included is information on expert witness services, bicycle teaching aids and links to other helpful websites.
“Especially helpful to law enforcement users is the Continuum of Training in Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement page” says Mr. Flucke. “This page goes in-depth and explains the Continuum in detail for those agencies looking for cost-effective training in bicycle and pedestrian safety.”
The website was designed and built with the help of Alan Petras, owner of The Advertising Rainmaker, LLC, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
WE BIKE, etc., LLC AWARDED CONTRACT
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
New Orleans Regional Bike/Pedestrian Safety and Community Education Program
Phase III to Begin in 2012
Green Bay, Wis – January 5, 2012 – WE BIKE, etc., LLC, a national pedestrian and bicycle safety consulting firm, has been awarded the contract to create a law enforcement instructor development program for safe walking and bicycling in greater New Orleans, Louisiana by the New Orleans area Regional Planning Commission.
The contract includes 4 two-day pedestrian and bicycle safety training sessions for law enforcement officers and a two-day train-the-trainer workshop to develop Louisiana based instructors.
“WE BIKE is happy to once again work with the Regional Planning Commission to continue the great work started in Phases I and II of the Regional Bike/Pedestrian Safety and Community Education Program” says Peter Flucke, president.
WE BIKE, etc. consulted in the Downtown Green Bay Bike Racks program. One of the videos “stars” our very own Roz Barker!
“The Bike Race” by Josh Beaton
“The Lesson” by Josh Beaton
WE BIKE, etc., LLC AWARDED CONTRACT FOR
LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARENESS PROGRAM
Transit for Livable Communities ‘Bike Walk Twin Cities’ Program in Saint Paul, Minnesota
to Host Law Enforcement Training Sessions
Green Bay, Wis – July 5, 2011 – WE BIKE, etc., LLC, a national pedestrian and bicycle safety consulting firm, has been awarded the contract to provide law enforcement training for safe bicycling and walking in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the surrounding communities by Transit for Livable Communities (TLC), a non-profit organization designated to administer the federally funded Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program. Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of TLC, runs the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Pilot Program.
The contract, which continues through 2012, includes training sessions for law enforcement officers, a toolbox of resources for law enforcement, and technical and advisory services.
“We are very excited to work with Transit for Livable Communities and the law enforcement community. The Twin Cities area is recognized as one of the best areas for bicyclists and we hope to make it even better” says Peter Flucke, president of WE BIKE, etc., LLC.
The first training session of the contract will take place on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus on August 31, 2011, directed primarily at the campus police officers. Additional law enforcement training in other jurisdictions participating in the non-motorized transportation pilot program will take place in 2012.
PETER FLUCKE SELECTED TO SPEAK AT
NATIONAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL CONFERENCE
Green Bay, Wis – May 23, 2011 – Peter Flucke, President of the Green Bay-based company, WE BIKE, etc., LLC has been selected to speak at the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) national conference. The conference, attended by Safe Routes to Schools coordinators and stakeholders from across the United States, runs from August 16 to August 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Flucke, a nationally recognized expert and trainer in the areas of bicycle and pedestrian safety, will present “Engaging Law Enforcement in Safe Routes to School: An Innovative Training Approach is the Key” describing his method for working with the local law enforcement agencies to support SRTS programs.
Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are in over 10,000 schools in all 50 states.
BARKER JOINS WE BIKE STAFF
Green Bay, Wis – January 15, 2011 – Roz Barker has joined WE BIKE, etc., LLC as project manager. She joins the bicycle and pedestrian safety consulting firm established in 1993 by Peter Flucke, president and Tracy Flucke, vice president.
Ms. Barker has a broad business background with recent experience in public relations and business development. While a member of the Public Relations Society of America – Northeast Wisconsin Chapter, she served on the Board of Directors most recently as president.
At WE BIKE, Ms. Barker will assist in project management and administrative duties, business development and marketing activities. She is an avid bicyclist and walking enthusiast.