The Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department announced Friday that it received $392,000 to fund its bicycle, pedestrian and child safety programs.

Rushmore Cervantes, the HCIDLA general manager, said the California Office of Traffic Safety awarded the department two grants that fund a variety of educational programs for youth and adults to learn the best safety practices when walking or riding a bike, as well as education on equipment such as child safety seats

“No matter which way you get around, you play a part in roadway safety,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “These grant programs are intended to educate residents on ways they can make themselves, children and those around them safe when they walk or bike.”

The funding will also be utilized to support national educational campaign events and programs such as National Walk to School Day, Bicycle Safety Month, Pedestrian Safety Month, Safe Routes to Schools and Vision Zero.

The funding will also be used for classroom presentations and community events to promote safety and decrease injuries and deaths due to improper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts, HCIDLA said.

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