Cycling & Pedestrian Awareness Week

Thanh -- September 16th, 2009

This week, September 13-20, is Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness week reminding bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists that collisions can be reduced and even prevented in many instances by knowing the law and following guidelines.

As part of Cycling & Pedestrian Awareness week, a Harrisonburg Police Department bicycle officer will be available at the Public Safety Building, 101 N. Main St on Thursday September 17 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The officer will be providing safety information, be available to check bicyclist’s safety equipment, and make sure each person’s helmet fits property.

Regular cyclists encourage bicyclists to integrate themselves with motor vehicle traffic. When bicyclists are in command of their vehicles and when motorists see bicyclists acting predictably, the highways will be safer for everyone. 

Remember, in Virginia bicycles are vehicles. Bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers share mutual rights and responsibilities as users of public roads. Ride your bicycle with confidence!

Pedestrians can improve safety by wearing bright colors during the day and reflective material or blinking lights at night. Light colored clothing is slightly helpful in making you visible at night, reflective tape or reflective fabric is much better.

More information also available from BikeWalk Virginia.

Although not part of Cycling & Pedestrian Awareness Week, there will be a “Walk Smart, Bike Smart” display at the International Festival’s Green Village on September 26, 2009 from 12noon-6pm. The group will be giving out a limited number of free bicycle helmets, have information about safe walking and biking, have information about the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan update and upcoming Public Information Meeting, a safety quiz and other giveaways.

Participating groups and organizations volunteering at the  “Walk Smart, Bike Smart” display are include the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Orgaization, Harrisonburg Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, Harrisonburg Transportation Safety Commission, Harrisonburg Public Works, James Madison University Public Safety, RMH Community Health, Harrisonburg City Public Schools and New Community Project.

2 Responses to “Cycling & Pedestrian Awareness Week”

  1. Renee says:

    This reminds me of something I saw recently. For ladies that don’t like to wear bike helmets because they’re ugly, check these out:
    http://www.yakkay.com/Covers/

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