September 08, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

July Crash Report Card

The Springfield Public Works Department's July 2011 Crash Report Card shows there have been five fatal crashes (resulting in five total fatalities) from January 1 through July 31 of this year, compared to eight fatal crashes (resulting in 10 total fatalities) in the same period in 2010. The number of injury crashes is down by 5 percent and total number of crashes thus far in 2011 is also 3 percent lower compared to the same period last year.

September Safety Message

Motorcycle, scooter and bicycle safety is the topic of this month's safety message. Outside of pedestrians, these are the most vulnerable road users on our streets, and are frequently not seen by other motorists. Studies show that drivers have a trained eye to watch for other cars and trucks, but often do not register bikes.

The City of Springfield is striving to be a greener and healthier community, and accommodating and promoting alternative transportation is an important part of this goal. Motorcycle, scooter, and bicycle ridership has rapidly increased in our community with the expansion of "The Link," shared bicycle facilities, and increased gas prices. It is essential for passenger vehicle and truck drivers to adjust to the multi-modal trend, so that all road users can safely share the road.

Drivers must recognize that motorcycles and bikes have the same rights to be on the street as they do. However, cyclists also must recognize that they have the same responsibilities as motorists. These responsibilities include signaling, stopping at red signals and stop signs, and not cutting off others on the road. Safe and smooth traffic for all users can only be achieved through mutual courtesy.

Tips for passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle drivers:

Tips for bicycle, scooter & motorcycle drivers:

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov