Police Department wins grant

The Reading Police Department has been awarded a $3,000 grant by the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Reading was one of 48 police departments to receive a grant; the funding for the grant program was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In all, $192,000 was awarded. In Reading, the grant will fund targeted enforcement and decoy patrols, breakaway signs, and crosswalk reflective tape. “We’ll use the grant for education, enforcement and outreach [that] we believe will help protect our pedestrians and cyclists from injuries and fatalities,” Police Chief James Cormier said in an e-mailed statement. He said all residents “need to learn to share the road safely and be mindful of one another and the law.” From 2006 to 2011, 37 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles, according to the Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center. During that same time period, 45 bicyclists were killed.