Targeted Traffic Safety Education Events
The Chicago Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Initiative Traffic Safety Events program involves joint traffic-safety education events with the Chicago Police Department and the SAFE Ambassadors, targeting behaviors dangerous to people walking, biking or driving.
Together with police officers, the SAFE Ambassadors educate over 25,000 Chicagoans per year on how to safely share the road. The focus of these events is education instead of citations, so mostly warnings are given to safety violators.
All street users are informed of laws that protect the safety of people who walk and bike, as well as the importance of upholding those laws. Information is distributed about distracted driving, failure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists at controlled intersections, riding on the sidewalk and riding against traffic, among other behaviors.
The SAFE Ambassadors also partner with police to distribute 2,000 bicycle headlights per year to cyclists riding unlawfully with no headlight. Lights are provided by the Chicago Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Initiative.