Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network workshops this week

Have an interest in the path(s) the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network is going to take as it snakes through Santa Cruz County? The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission this week is hosting public workshops around the county to gather community input on planning the bicycle/pedestrian trail network, as well as ideas about the trail’s location and how it should connect to schools, neighborhoods, parks and other destinations. The workshops are planned for 6-8 p.m.:
  • Dec. 13 at Pacific Elementary School, 50 Ocean Street, Davenport;
  • Dec. 14 at Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz;
  • Dec. 15 in the Watsonville Civic Building Community Room, 275 Main St. 4th Floor, Watsonville.
A Spanish translator will be available at the Watsonville event. Each workshop will start off by a presentation about the trail network, then wrap up with break-out groups that will examine maps and provide focused input. View the flyer for the event at http://sccrtc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/11-11-mbsst-wkshp-flyer.pdf. For project information, visit http://sccrtc.org/projects/multi-modal/monterey-bay-sanctuary-scenic-trail/ or contact the RTC at (831) 460-3200 or info@sccrtc.org. Traffic collision-related deaths down; pedestrian, motorcycle safety still a concern Fewer people are dying overall in traffic collisions in the U.S. but deaths of pedestrians and motorcyclists on the road are on the rise according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency reported the number of people who died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are down 2.9 percent from 33,883 in 2009 to 32,885 in 2010. Compare that to 30,246 traffic fatalities in 1949. The total number of crashes fell 1.6 percent to 5.41 million from 5.5 million, according to the agency's 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview. Officials credit safety tools, such as air bags and seat belt use in safer cars, and the use of red light cameras and intersections across the nation. Here are more highlights from the report, which can be read online at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811552.pdf:
  • Alcohol-related traffic deaths dropped 2.9 percent to 32,885 from 33,883.
  • Motorcyclist fatalities rose .07 percent from 4,469 to 4,502; however, injuries dropped from 90,000 to 82,000, or 8.9 percent, in the one year time period.
  • Pedestrian deaths climbed 4.2 percent from 4,280 last year compared to 4,109 in 2009. Pedestrian injuries also shot up 19 percent from 59,000 to 70,000.
  • Fatal crashes on California's roads dropped 12 percent from 3,090 to 2,715. The state with the highest jump in traffic deaths was Connecticut, with a 42 percent increase from 224 to 319, while Rhode Island had the largest decrease -- 20 percent from 83 to 66.
 
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