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Free Bike Lights and Youth Helmets at the Intersection of Grant and Alvernon
February 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
The intersection of North Grant Road and East Alvernon Way has some of the highest rates of pedestrian and bicycle traffic due in large part to the proximity of nearby transit stops and destinations, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Unfortunately, this has been the location of several serious bicycle and pedestrian crashes, including two involving bikes and vehicles last month.
In support of safe, visible, and lawful bicycle riding, The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Pima Association of Governments, in partnership with Living Streets Alliance, continue “Light the Night”, a bike light distribution and bicycle safety education campaign, this Tuesday evening starting at 5:30pm at the intersection of East Grant Road and North Alvernon Way.
Teams of Living Streets Alliance volunteers and staff will distribute free front and rear light sets to people on bikes spotted riding without them. Volunteers will also have a number of free bicycle helmets available for youth under 18 and safety education material available in both Spanish and English.
“Not only is riding a bike without lights against the law,” says Ann Chanecka, City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, “it is also unsafe. These safety and light distribution campaigns are vital to encouraging people to ride safely and be more visible.”
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 69% of bicyclist fatalities in 2012 in the U.S. were in urban areas, and 48% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred between 4:00 pm and midnight.
City of Tucson bicycle law states: “Any bicycle used at night must have at least a white headlight visible up to 500 feet away and a red reflector visible up to 300 feet away.”
Failure to have proper lighting equipment on a bicycle can result in a $184 traffic fine. There will be one last “Light the Night” event in March before the program wraps up for the season. The program returns again in October.
For more information visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org/event/light-the-night-grant-alvernon/ or call 520-261-8777.
The mission of Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is to “promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.” LSA is improving access for active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research. Visit http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/ for more info.