Four local police agencies, including the Newport Beach Police Department, will join forces to conduct a Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Feb. 19 and Feb. 24, police announced.
"Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by bicyclists and vehicles," according to a police news release. "Officers will be addressing traffic violations made by all vehicle operators, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers that lead to bicycle vs. vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities."
Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and the Costa Mesa police departments also are participating.
The program focuses on education, from the safe and lawful use of bicycles to the rules for vehicles that share roads with cyclists, the statement says.
"With more traffic congestion on our city streets and more people turning to bicycles as a transportation alternative, we need to make sure that all road users understand the rules, laws and safe behavior; particularly how bicyclists and motorists share the road," the statement says.