The roadways of Hayward and Northern California are filled with painted lines. Double yellow lines. Broken white lines. Lines for a bike lane. Lines for a turn lane.
With the start of the fall semester at Cal State East Bay, we're going to see an influx of young people returning to Hayward. That means more cars and more pedestrians, and drivers need to be a lot more cautious.
The City of Hayward is continuing work on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The goal is to build upon the 2007 Bicycle Master Plan to find ways to improve the convenience and safety for walkers and bikers.
Californians always know to be careful on the roads. This generally applies to drivers, but pedestrians may also be at risk. Anyone near cars and trucks should keep an eye out for their own safety.
Although the roads of California are generally safe for drivers and pedestrians, accidents occasionally happen. One of the leading factors in collisions in which one driver was at fault is excessive speed. When an accident happens, it is important to remain at the scene to ensure people are not injured and law enforcement can resolve the incident.
California is home to some of the world's greatest hiking trails, but the state is not generally known as a pedestrian paradise. This is especially true near the main thoroughfares and freeways, where the proximity of drivers and pedestrians can cause serious problems.
The Bay Area has some of the densest traffic in the country, with millions of vehicles passing through city streets as well as freeway lanes. Because cars and trucks come close to sidewalks and pedestrian thoroughfares, rates of injury and death among pedestrians can rise disturbingly high in central California.
One always has to keep eyes on the road in California, even when not driving. The density of car, trucks and buses on the streets and roads of the Golden State make it important to pay attention when one or more may get too close to a person.
Cars and trucks are everywhere in California, from the busy streets of Los Angeles to the northernmost end of the I-5 freeway. The roads they travel on and the sidewalks nearby are largely safe, but accidents can happen anywhere and for any reason.
Driving is nearly a necessity for millions of Californians, especially those who live or work far from mass transit options in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the state's other major cities. Operating a motor vehicle brings many responsibilities, such as committing to not being distracted behind the wheel or using a cellphone while driving.