Thursday, January 31, 2008

Naples community policing officers get grant for bicycle education

Naples community policing officers received a $1,500 "Share the Road" mini-grant this week from the Florida Bicycle Association to help address the education of motorists and bicyclists on how to properly and legally share the road.

The mini-grant will be used by Naples police to purchase bicycle light sets for an upcoming "Lights on Bikes" campaign, according to a press release from the Naples Police and Emergency Services Department.

During "Lights on Bikes" campaigns, light sets and blinkers are installed on the bicycles of needy restaurant workers throughout the city who ride their bikes to and from work at night, and can’t afford to equip their bikes with the proper lighting.

Officers received the grant on Sunday during the Naples Pathways Coalition’s second annual Pedaling for Pathways Bicycle Brunch at Lowdermilk Park. During the event about 520 registered riders rode in either 10-mile, 20-mile, 62-mile or 100-mile tours.