by Chief Terry Clark
Greetings from the Salida Police Department. We have had another gorgeous summer and much needed rains. Our department has had a busy year to this point. Just recently we had one officer resign, so we are down a position and in the process of hiring. With school getting under way and the kids walking and riding to school, this is a great time to talk safety.
As most of you are aware, the new elementary school recently opened. This is a great asset to the community and the children; we are very fortunate to have new modern schools in Salida. The building is complete but there is still a good deal of construction work wrapping up and in the same area we have on-going construction for the H Street reconstruction project. Please use extra caution in this area.
Since school is under way and a good deal of the public are using bicycles, I want to stress how important it is for all of the motoring public- whether bikes or vehicles- to SHARE the road. Along with this comes respect. As responsible riders or drivers we need to respect others and have patience. The second part of this is important too: each person using the roadways must obey the rules of the road. Speed limits, warning signs, regulatory signs, etc. This applies to all bikes and vehicles. I know there are adult riders in our town who disregard any and all road signage. This is illegal and very dangerous. Please do the right thing: use caution and obey the rules.
In the mornings and afternoons during the school year you will also see a great deal of pedestrian traffic, primarily children going to school. I ask all drivers to be patient and be attentive to the pedestrian traffic. Again, be very cautious near the elementary school as the construction crews finish their work. I am very excited to see that the elementary school has a nice drop-off driveway at the front of the school, a great improvement from the former 8th street drop-off.
Another addition I am pleased to see on our roadways are the marked bike lanes, such as the bike lanes on Park Avenue. The “sharrows” painted on our roads are another welcome addition and a reminder that we all must share the road. Public works has also recently added roadway markings indicating the 15 mph zones in town, please pay attention to these slower speed zones.
Our department will continue our efforts to increase awareness and educate cyclists. You will see increased enforcement efforts in this area. We will make contacts on rules of the road violations, hopefully with written warnings, however, an actual court citation may be used if deemed appropriate to the violation.
I hope each of you have had a good summer. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at the Salida Police Department. 719-539-6880 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org