"Share the Road" culture hopes to cut number of fatal bike crashes
Caroline MacGregor May 1, 2014 | WGVU A $ 485,000 grant
from MDOT is to help establish a three-year bicycle safety education program in
the greater Grand Rapids area.
The City is currently
accepting proposals to design a safety program after statistics revealed 50
percent more fatal bike crashes occur in Grand Rapids than other similar sized
The program's goal is to make the road safer for both motorists and byclists.
A local match
is being provided by the City’s planning and traffic safety departments, Downtown
Grand Rapids Inc., and the Dyer-Ives Foundation.
bicycle safety in traffic; increase the knowledge of the responsibilities of
bicyclists and motorists; and promote a "share the road" culture.
with the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, who says along with better
infrastructure, education needs to start at a young age.
“in the future”
once the community has received a period of education and outreach to promote awareness,
enforcement of rules to foster a shared road culture will become easier.
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