Orange County cities are being encouraged by county officials to write bicycle safety grants in the face of bicycle deaths across The O.C., The Voice of O.C. reports. They are also trying to educate county citizens that bicycles are not just recreational toys, but are serious commuting options.
Nick Gerda writes, “As local transportation officials ramp up bike safety efforts amidst a rising toll of biking deaths, they’re encouraging cities to apply for millions of dollars in new state grants to fuel construction of more bike and pedestrian projects.”
He reports there is $180 million in Active Transportation Program funding statewide, with another $13 million set aside for Orange County. Active transportation refers to encouraging walking, bicycling and the use of public transportation instead of a car.
City applications are due May 21.