July 2, 2010
UK to Participate in New Road Safety Campaign
The University of Kentucky is participating in a new safety campaign kicked off by Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry and representatives from UK, Fayette County Public Schools and Lexington Police. The campaign urges motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to "Share the Road."
One purpose of the Share the Road campaign is to promote safe and courteous interactions between bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
Including the UK campus, Lexington has 23 miles of existing bike lanes, plus an additional 16.5 miles funded or in design. Recently, the city opened a reconstructed South Limestone between Avenue of Champions and Vine Street. This summer, the city will complete bike lanes on Todds Road, Vine Street, Main Street, Maxwell Street and Newtown Pike.
The safety blitz will help educate cyclists about riding skills when biking alongside motor vehicles and pedestrians, and the use of proper cycling safety gear and equipment. Bike safety booklets are available at all local bike shops, and Fayette County school students have produced safety videos that will be aired on GTV-3.
Police have put those who share the road on notice, with plans to issue warnings or tickets to bicyclists and motorists behaving in an unsafe or unlawful manner. Police have assigned a liaison to the cycling community. Cyclists who are harassed may call 258-3600 to report an incident.
For more details, visit http://uknow.uky.edu/content/share-road-campaign-promotes-safety-0.
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