As the sun begins setting earlier, Burlington Police Department and Local Motion want to remind people about road safety.
The two groups partnered for about the fourth year to host an informational “bike stop” from 8pm to 10pm Wednesday night. They handed out Ski Rack coupons to cyclists at corner of South Winooski and Pearl Streets. The coupons were for free bike lights, reflective vests, and other safety gear.
BPD says cyclists not obeying the rules of the road can be fine anywhere from $25 to $170. This includes not having the proper gear, or violating laws.
“It’s to meet and greet with the general riding public,” says Burlington Police Lieutenant Jonathan Young. “The people who are out after hours when it gets dark are the people we target because a lot of the accidents that involve pedestrians and bikes happen at night.”
“We always talk about being seen and how to see when you’re riding your bike,” says Ski Rack Bike Manager Dale Pavlak. “You’re going to need cars to see you, you’re going to need to see obstacles in the road, cracks, potholes.”
Cyclists are required to have two lights on their bikes, a white one in front and a red one in the back.