P.S. Cares

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Welcome to Palm Springs!

Palm Springs is a city with a BIG HEART! Whether you are a full or part-time resident or just visiting our beautiful city, we want you to feel welcome and SAFE wherever you go.

Recent statistics indicate an increase in pedestrian/ bicycle-vehicle accidents. Please help us change that trend by supporting P.S. Cares, a public safety program created by Volunteer Palm Springs (VPS) in partnership with the Palm Springs Police Department.

The core elements of P.S. Cares are education and awareness. Our brochure contains valuable and simple safety tips to help prevent injuries and save lives on our city streets. Most accidents are due to distraction, speed and visibility. Whether you are walking or bicycling, our custom-designed reflective safety vest can help you and your loved ones avoid or prevent an accident. Doggie vests are also available!

Start talking about safety today and do your part to keep your friends, family and visitors safe in Palm Springs!

Remember:
There is nothing more precious than a human life.
The life you save may be your own!

David Carden, jr.
Co-Chair
Shelly Saunders
Co-Chair

Bicycle Safety Tips
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Bicycle Safety Tips

With 30-plus miles of bike lanes, Palm Springs is a great place to cycle! However, safety is a concern. Speed, distraction and visibility all play a role in vehicle-bicycle-pedestrian accidents. Most accidents CAN be prevented.

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Stay visible! Wear light/colorful clothing.
  • At night, always wear reflective clothing.
  • Don't think like a dirver -- think like a cyclist!
  • Bike in the direction of traffic. Go with the flow.
  • Obey all traffic laws and lights. Stop at ALL stop signs.
  • Use a bell signal for pedestrians Let them know where you are!
  • Use hand signals for turning and stopping.
  • Use a front light and back reflector at night.
  • Walk your bike when using a crosswalk. It's safer and avoids conflicts with pedestrians and turning cars.
  • Don't get distracted. Headphones prevent you from hearing sirens or oncoming vehicles.
  • Stay alert! Keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
  • Always lock your bicycle before you leave it.

Register your bike! It's FREE! Palm Springs Police Department 760.323.8116 ext. 3

Bicycle Safety Tips
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Pedestrian Safety Tips

We injoy our beautiful night skies because Palm Springs has low density lighting. Because of this however, walking at night can be very dangerous.
Pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists and motorcyclists share the road and the responsibility to be safety conscious at ALL times. Most vehicle-pedestrian accidents are preventable.

  • Visibility matters! Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, especially at night.
  • Always carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Never jaywalk - this could save your life! Take the time to go to an intersection before crossing the street and always use designated crosswalks.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Always make eye contact with oncoming vehicles before proceeding through a crosswalk.
  • Be aware of cyclists and traffic around you. Always take it slow and watch out for others.
  • Focus on being SAFE. Remember that headphones and iPods can be very distracting.
  • As for cell phones, that call or text can wait!

Stay ALERT. Stay VISIBLE.
Stay SAFE.

Bicycle Safety Tips
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Driver Safety Tips

Palm Springs is a vibrant, exciting city that is home to a diverse population and attracts many thousands of visitors a year. As a result of this, pedestrian, bicycle and especially vehicular traffic has increased dramatically in recent years, as have traffic accidents. Speed, distraction, visibility and an aging population all play a major role  -- and most accidents ARE preventable!

  • Focus on the road. Good drivers stay alert and pay attention to their surroundings. Never take your eyes off the road.
  • Avoid using hand-held devices while driving. Two thumbs UP for NOT texting and driving!
  • Obey speed laws, especially those in school zones.
  • Check all intersections. Enter or turn only when it is safe for everyone.
  • Don't hug the right side of the road. Be aware of bicycle lanes.
  • Remember: Share the road at ALL times!
  • Respect designated pedestrian crosswalks. Stop for pedestrians -- it's the LAW in California.
  • Make eye contact with a pedestrian before proceeding through a crosswalk -- both day and night!
  • Public safety begins with YOU.

Remember:
You can't fix a pedestrian at a body shop!