Wednesday, January 30, 2013
CITY COUNCIL MEMBER MICHAEL JULIAN BOND TO DISTRIBUTE BICYCLE LIGHTS FOR THE
ATLANTA BICYCLE COALITION’S “Let’s get visible” EVENT ON FRIDAY,
City Council Member Michael Julian Bond; Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Bicycle Coalition’s “Let’s Get Visible” Initiative Press Conference
Park Reading Room
December 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Atlanta City Council Member Michael Julian Bond is partnering with the Atlanta
Bicycle Coalition (ABC) to promote bicycle safety. Bond is donating
bicycle lights for the annual “Let’s Get Visible” initiative followed by a
bicycle “Tour de Lights” on Friday, December 14. He and members of ABC
will hold a press conference at 6:00 p.m. to promote the annual initiative.
chairman of the council’s public safety committee, decided to donate 200
lights to ABC’s effort to ensure that all Atlanta area cyclists in need of a
light have access to one. Bond will distribute the lights to ABC
volunteers, who in turn will pass them along to cyclists they encounter in need
during evening hours.
important to be visible on a bicycle at all times but especially at night. Our
goal is to get safety lights to ‘utilitarian’ cyclists, like students and
working people who depend on a bicycle as their primary mode of transport,”
said Bond. “It is also the law,” he added. “Georgia law requires a front
white light and rear red light or reflector when riding in dark or dusk
year we give away over 500 bike lights and safety tip cards, to help create a
culture of responsible riding. In order for cyclists and drivers to share the
road safely and legally, both groups must respect traffic laws and each other,
and this initiative gets our message out to those who most need to hear it,”
notes ABC executive director Rebecca Serna.
Bond noted, Georgia law requires a front white light and rear red light or
reflector, but too many cyclists lack the proper lighting to be visible to
drivers during winter months, when they are more likely to ride in dark
conditions. While cycling is a safe activity that can add years to one’s life,
being seen is key to avoiding a crash. This initiative focuses on distributing
lights to those who would otherwise be riding in the dark without them,
especially low-income riders and students.
riding in pairs or teams approach bicyclists riding without lights to offer a
light donation. Recipients are first surprised, then grateful that the city and
a nonprofit take such an interest in their safety and well-being. The
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) contributes to this project by
funding the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s safety, education, and awareness
raising activities. GOHS strives to make Georgia’s roads as safe as possible.
the light distribution, cyclists will take off for Mobile Social’s Tour de
Lights bike ride throughout the city, touring some of the best holiday light
destinations in Atlanta. The ride will end at Westside Octane Coffee.
event is part of ABC’s bimonthly Mobile Social, the organization’s largest
group ride that take place the 2nd Friday of every month. The aim of these
Mobile Socials is to recruit more people on bicycles, explore the city, and to
support local businesses.
city of Atlanta has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of residents
choosing to cycle as a primary means of transportation as well as for
recreation. With so many additional cyclists on the road, bicycle safety
has become a chief concern. The fall and winter months only add to this
concern as the evening commute occurs after the sun has set and many cyclists do
not have the proper lighting.