Continuum of Training for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
For Law Enforcement

In January 2012, CDTC through the Capital Coexist campaign, partnered with the Adirondack Glens Falls Transportation Council (AGFTC) and We BIKE etc. to conduct a Continuum of Training in Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement. The continuum of training has proven to be very successful at increasing officers’ pedestrian and bicycle safety knowledge and has resulted in increased pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement activity and a greater sense of security for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

The Continuum of Training in Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement approach includes multiple types of media – written, video, interactive computerized-based training, and personalized classroom instruction to appeal to a broad cross section of officers with different learning styles. It consists of the following tools:
    1. “Enforcement for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety” brochure
    2. National and local pedestrian & bicycle safety materials
    3. Pedestrian & bicycle safety videos to be shown at roll call
    4. Computer-based pedestrian & bicycle safety training
    5. Instructor-led two-day Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement course

This approach to pedestrian and bicycle law enforcement training was originally developed and tested by WE BIKE as part of the federally funded Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Project in 2008-2009. It was also implemented in Brown County, Wisconsin in 2009-2010 and is currently underway in the greater New Orleans, Louisiana area.

The two day in-person training was held on April 30th and May 1st at the NYS Police Academy Training Center on the Harriman Campus in Albany. Twenty-one (21) officers from ten different enforcement agencies spent the 2 days fully engaged in discussion and learning. The training focused on the 3 E’s of the highway safety triangle, Engineering, Education and Enforcement. The officers learned how the 3 E’s must work together to make the walking and biking travel environment safer for people of all ages and abilities.

Feedback has been very positive. There have been discussions of either offering the same training again or expanding it to include more subject matter. There has been a large increase in the Capital Coexist education and safety material.

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