EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP KICKS-OFF “BIKE AT NIGHT – USE A LIGHT” INITIATIVE BICYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM
EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP. Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that the Township has launched phase three ”Bike at Night – Use a Light”, of a multi-month bicycle safety initiative, on Tuesday August 2 which will continue through Friday September 9.
According to Mayor Mironov, “’Bike At Night, Use a Light’, the third and final phase of the Township Bike Safety Program, is geared to safe biking at night and will be a directed effort, through public education and personal contact to get bicyclers to use proper lighting at night. Those who bicycle at night without proper lights are a danger not only to themselves, but to motorists using the roadways.”
During this phase, which will run from Tuesday, August 2 through Friday, September 9, the Township will be distributing at no cost to East Windsor residents the required pair of bike lights for the front and rear of the bicycle, along with safety information literature, daily through the Police/Court Building at 80 One Mile Road. During this period, East Windsor residents can go to the Police/Court Building at 80 One Mile Road and request the set of lights for their bicycle. New Jersey law and municipal ordinance require that bicycles be equipped with a white light on the front and a red light on the rear when in use during nighttime hours.
Mayor Mironov underscored the program goals stating, “We believe it is a worthy goal of our Township to launch a full public program to focus on and improve the safe use of bicycles within the Township by undertaking a pro-active education and outreach campaign.” The Township multi-month bicycle safety initiative included Phase 1 “Use Your Head” a focus on the importance of wearing bicycle helmets, Phase 2 involved distribution of form summonses recognizing children wearing helmets and asking the young person to sign a pledge “to use a safety helmet when using a bicycle, skateboard or rollerblades,” which enabled them to be entered in a drawing for prizes. The bicycle safety program is underwritten by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Highway Traffic Safety Division.