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WABA and DDOT's Free Bike Light Giveaway This Friday

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    WABA and DDOT Announce Free Bike Light Giveaways Contact: Eric Gilliland Washington Area Bicyclist Association 1803 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Fl
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      WABA and DDOT Announce Free Bike Light Giveaways

       

      Contact:            Eric Gilliland

      Washington Area Bicyclist Association

      1803 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Fl

      Washington, DC 20009

      p) 202-518-0524

      f) 202-518-0936

      e) gill@...          

      This Friday, November 2nd, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be handing out free bike lights to cyclists as part of their fall “Got Lights?” bicycle safety and education campaign. Through the financial support of DDOT, City Bikes, and WABA members, WABA will give out 200 free front and rear bike light sets to help make streets safer for nighttime riders by raising awareness of the importance of being seen when cycling, especially at night.

       

      While only three percent of bike rides happen at night, over half of all cyclists killed are hit while riding at night without lights.  In conjunction with the distribution of the bike lights, WABA will be handing out its new Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area guide and other safety literature while reminding cyclists that it is the law in the District to have a front white light and rear red reflector (or rear red light) when riding in the dark.

       

      Timed to coincide with daylight savings time, the purpose behind WABA’s “Got Lights?” campaign is to reach out to bike commuters and other cyclists riding in the dark without the proper safety equipment. While doing this WABA and DDOT hopes to also reach the Latino community, one of Washington’s largest bicycle commuter groups. To do this, a second free light givewaway will be located in the neighborhood of Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights, where a high concentration of Latino residents will pass the distribution point. WABA plans to provide bike safety literature that includes both English and Spanish text.

      When:  Friday, November 2nd from 5pm to 7pm on the Suntrust Plaza at the corner of 18th St. and Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC and on Friday, November 9th  from 5pm to 7pm at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 3211 Pine St ., Washington, DC.  Additional light giveaways from Arlington County and the City of Alexandria will take place on November 5th.


      For more information, please contact Eric Gilliland, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009 202-518-0524, gill@....

       

      Eric Gilliland

      Executive Director
      Washington Area Bicyclist Association

      1803 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Fl

      Washington, DC 20009

      p) 202-518-0524

      f) 202-518-0936

      e) gill@...

      w) www.waba.org

       

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