Pedestrian safety report highlights dozens of deaths on Bakersfield streets

Posted at 8:36 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 23:51:30-04

The new city report details just how deadly streets have been for pedestrians over the last few years, and how to increase safety. 

From 2014 through August 2017, there have been 64 pedestrian and bicycle deaths on Bakersfield streets, according to the City Manager's Office.

55 of those were pedestrian fatalities and nine were bicyclists. 

The fatalities ranged from four to 89 years old, with the average age of 45 years old. 

In those instances, nearly three quarters of the pedestrians and bicyclists were considered to be at fault. 

The report mentions bicycle safety projects and activities including outreach programs and bicycle safety programs the Bakersfield Police Department has offered. 

The report will be brought to the Bakersfield City Council during the meeting on November 1.