City encourages bicycle safety with educational event
The City’s Public Works and Police Departments are raising awareness about bicycle safety. In fall and winter months the sun sets around 5:00 p.m., so it is especially important to remember to use lights and reflective materials during evening commutes.
On Wednesday, both departments handed out 300 bike lights to 150 cyclists riding along the Railroad Safety Trail near Cal Poly. Instead getting a ticket for not using a light – a nearly $200 fine – cyclists received front and back lights from the City. The area near Foothill and California is one of the most traveled portions of the 4.5-mile Railroad Safety Trail that connects the City and provides cyclists a safe route along the train tracks.
The City plans to have similar events in the future to raise awareness about bicycle safety as part of the City’s Vision Zero Initiative to reduce traffic collisions, and to encourage more people to commute on bike, as multi modal transportation is a Major City Goal.