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THE 2018 CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE WAS A HUGE SUCESS!!
Once again, all of us here at the BBRPD are so grateful and humbled by the generosity of our BBR community. YOU make this program a success year after year! We were able to fill every tag on our tree this year.
Happy New Year & wishing you all a great 2019!
Black Butte Ranch Police Board Training
The BBRPD Board Members attended a Board Best Practices Assessment training in July. The training was provided by the districts insurance, Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). The training was very interactive and informal. To read more, click on the links below:
Special District Board Practices Assessment
SDAO Impressions & Recommendations
FROM THE CHIEF'S DESK........
Bicycle Accident Report
In November, 2015, the Black Butte Police Department issued a report on injury bicycle accidents that occurred on the Ranch. This report incorporates the statistics from that report, and bike accident statistics from 2016-2018.
We responded to and took reports on 72 incidents, involving 75 individuals, since the summer of 2010.
The gender of injured riders (55) was evenly divided. (Gender was not reported for 2010, 2011 and 2012 incidents)
Of the 75 riders who were injured the injuries were significant enough that a rider was transported to a medical facility 52% of the time. BBR Rules and Oregon Law require individuals under the age of 16 to wear helmets. Only six of the 33 riders (8%) were under the age of 16 and not wearing helmets when they crashed.
The age of those involved in injury accidents is not evenly balanced across age groups. 44% of injured riders were under 16. The 50+ age group represented 30% of the riders.
In the last three years we saw helmet use by riders involved in injury crashes increase to 72% during 2016- 2018 as opposed to 54% from 2010 through 2015.
Accidents involving those under the age of 16 we found that only 5 of the 33 (15%) were not wearing helmets. On the other hand, 17 of 42 (40%) of all of those over 16 years old were not wearing helmets.
Table 1: 2010-2018 Bike Accident Statistical Report
Click on the link below to view the report
The 2010-2015 report noted that approximately half of the injury bicycle accidents occurred at four areas with the highest number of injury accidents in the area by the Fire Station, Hawksbeard between Pinedrop and Stickleaf. This continued to be the highest accident area from 2016-2018 with 5 of 25 injuries occurring on the hill near Bitter Root and 2 others nearby. This represents 28% of the injured riders over the last three years.
Significant injuries continue to occur on the hill just north of Bitter Root adjacent to Hawksbeard including 4 that were serious head injuries.
The general area around GMRC had been the second highest accident area but we had no reported injury accidents there the last 3 years. The reduction in bicycle traffic, due to the Lakeside Pool, is a likely contributing factor.
Over the last 9 years only two bicycle accidents involved a vehicle, one of which was parked. The bicyclist was at fault in the other.
No accidents, 2010 through 2018 resulted in a fatality. Five of the accidents were serious in nature and three of these victims were transported by Air Ambulance.
Although 22 of the 75 victims (29%) involved head injuries not all of them were transported to medical care. Only 9 of the 23 (39%) involving head injuries were wearing helmets.
The primary causes of most accidents were loss of control and speeding. Most speeding accidents occurred while descending hills, most commonly was in the area of Hawksbeard and Bitter Root. Very few accidents involved debris or poor visibility on the pathways. Alcohol was rarely a contributing factor.
The Department continues to encourage helmet use for all bike riders. We have also expanded our Bike Safety Program over the last few years as well as increased Police Bike Patrols. The increased number of bike crash reports showing riders wearing helmets at the time would indicate an overall increase in all bike riders wearing helmets on Black Butte Ranch.
The bike path hill near Hawksbeard and Bitter Root continues to have serious accidents. While the 2010-2015 Bike Accident Report found four areas where most accidents occurred the other three have declined in number while the area of Bitter Root has increased.
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Black Butte Ranch Rules & Regulations
Black Butte Ranch Rules & Regulations
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There is no skateboarding allowed on the Ranch. This includes "Long Boards". Visit the Black Butte Ranch website for a list of all the Ranch rules & regulations.
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