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Should Cities Fine Cyclists for Rolling Through Stop Signs?

Time to watch for those small pedestrians in school zones

School is back in session, and that means motorists must be extra vigilant when entering a school zone.

San Francisco County has the lowest score possible in terms of pedestrian safety in school zones. Here are four reminders to help keep children safe.

4 innovative features that help cyclists stay safe

You may be a bicycle enthusiast and ride whenever you can make time in your busy schedule. On the other hand, a bicycle may be the primary way for you to get around in the Bay Area.

The possibility of a vehicle-bicycle accident is probably never far from your thoughts as you wend your way through traffic. Here are four innovative features to help keep you safe.

Two People Die from This Traffic Violation Every Day

No matter what the circumstance, running a red light isn't just illegal; it's dangerous, reckless and puts every person around you in serious danger. According to a recent AAA report, the number of people committing this serious traffic violation is on the rise.

The report shows a 28% increase in the number of red light-running crashes from 2012 to 2017. In 2017 alone, 938 Americans died because a driver ran a red light.

California sees its fair share of these senseless incidents. In July, a pedestrian died and another was seriously injured when a Tesla ran a red light in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. The driver who had the green light clipped the Tesla, causing the Tesla to spin out of control and hit two people crossing at the crosswalk.

On Father's Day, a 27-year-old woman ran a red light and crashed into a black Nissan at an intersection in North Hills, California. A father of two died in the crash and five other people were injured. The driver walked away.

How to be safe while on your skateboard

Skateboarding is an honored pastime in the Bay Area. However, it is also a dangerous one. Earlier this year, skateboarding entrepreneur Tomoko Oikawa injured himself during the annual Dolores Park Hill Bomb and suffered a traumatic brain injury

Such accidents are not uncommon around Oakland and San Francisco. Skateboarders can easily fall, and they can be hard for motorists to see them. That is why if you plan on riding your skateboard around town, you need to be cautious. With a few precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk of suffering a severe injury. 

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