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Friday, December 14, 2012

Need a light for your bike? Head to Woodruff Park tonight

Apologies for the back-to-back blog posts about bicycles, folks, but a quick public service announcement. Plus, the headline kind of rhymes.

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will provide 200 free bicycle lights tonight for pedalers to slap on their two wheelers. The giveaway is part of the annual "Let's Get Visible" initiative which aims to increase bicycling safety awareness. From the Atlanta City Council:

Bond, 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.

"It is 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 conditions."

"Every 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.

Following the 6:00 p.m. press conference, ABC officials and other bicyclists will pedal off for the Tour de Lights, a bike tour of the city's best holiday lights. The ride ends at Octane on the Westside.

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