Healthy Hometown Newsroom
Two Giveaways Scheduled to Increase Visibility for Walkers and Bikers
Tuesday October 8, 2013
Bike Louisville and The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Louisville to host a See and Be Seen campaign during the month of Walktober! This campaign is designed to increase the visibility and safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.
Volunteers will be giving out lights and reflective straps at two high-volume traffic locations where pedestrian and bicycle accidents commonly occur. The first giveaway will be held at Bardstown Road and Goldsmith Lane, Thursday, October 10, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“As we approach the time change, many people are riding bikes or walking during dusk, dawn and in the dark without reflective clothing or lights,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness “This makes it difficult for other road users to see them, sometimes resulting in crashes. We encourage cyclists, walkers and runners to make sure they can see and be seen at dusk and in the dark.”
After analyzing five years of crash data several pedestrian and bicycle crash sites have been identified. The attached map shows pedestrian accidents that have occurred in low-light intersections.
The second Walktober See and Be Seen campaign distribution will be at Dixie Highway and Rockford Lane, October 24, 5:30 p. to 7:30 p.m.