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TCAG, in partnership with Operation Lifesaver, declared September as railroad safety month.
The State of California leads the nation in rail related fatalities, many of which could have been
prevented by increased public awareness of the dangers associated with railroad crossings.
2015 Trespassing Casualties by State:
RANK STATE TOTAL CASUALTIES DEATHS INJURIES
1. California 145 98 47
2. Texas 69 27 42
3. Florida 53 35 18
4. New York 46 23 23
TCAG has partnered with Operation Lifesaver, a nationwide railroad safety organization, during
its Bike ‘N Stride outreach program for pedestrian and bike outreach, and would like to support
their initiative by increasing railroad crossing danger awareness. In 2015 Tulare County saw two
railroad fatalities and five injuries. One life lost is too many, and therefore TCAG would like to
proclaim September as Railroad Safety Month.
210 North Church St. Suite B.
Visalia, California 93291
Dinuba Exeter Farmersville Lindsay Porterville Tulare Visalia Woodlake County of Tulare
August 2, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Brideget Moore BMMoore@nulltularecog.org
Southern Sierra Cyclists to make a donation to Bike N’ Stride-Tulare County
Southern Sierra Cyclist is scheduled to make a donation of $500.00 to the Tulare County Association of Governments Bike N’ Stride-Tulare County for the purchase of bicycle helmets to extend the outreach efforts to promote continued bike and pedestrian safety endeavors.
TCAG was awarded a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5304 Sustainable Communities Grant in April 2015 to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety in Tulare County. The program was named the Bike N’ Stride program. Its goal was to enhance existing bike and pedestrian outreach efforts to include underserved communities and elementary school age kids as well as ensure that future transportation investments would better reflect the needs of our county.
TCAG partnered with local law enforcement, rail safety staff, and the Active Transportation Advisory Committee to engage the public in safe walking and biking practices through live demonstrations, providing bike and pedestrian safety equipment, and increased access to information. TCAG was able to reach well over 600 kids in addition to their families at elementary school events. Through outreach and interaction with other community partners and based on law enforcement and agencies requests, there is a greater need for partnering to provide safety information and bicycle helmets to kids. As the FTA grant funds near their end, new resources, such as donations, are sought to continue the work of the Bike N’ Stride program.
TCAG would like to extend their appreciation to Southern Sierra Cyclists for their partnering efforts at the Tulare County Association Board Meeting.
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lindsay Wellness Center
860 N. Sequoia
Lindsay, CA 93247