‘Tis the season for safe bicycling. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, with support from Palo Alto Bicycles, is helping cyclists stay safe and visible during the dark, winter nights by piloting a Holiday Lights bicycling education program. It was scheduled to run from Dec. 12-31, but has been extended through January.
Local volunteer bicycle ambassadors will ride along key bicycle corridors during the evening commute Monday through Friday and hand out a free set of bike lights (front and rear), and a safety card to bicyclists traveling without lights. The Bryant Street Bicycle Boulevard, the Bol Park Path, and downtown Palo Alto are among the streets included in the Holiday Lights pilot program.
Holiday Lights also serves as a good reminder that cyclists are legally required to have one white headlight visible from the front when riding at night. Residents can track the Holiday Lights progress by following #paloaltocitylights on social media.
The City is also seeking volunteers to serve as bicycle ambassadors for multiple routes. If you live or bike along a route where you have observed cyclists riding without lights and would like to volunteer as a bicycle ambassador, please contact (650) 329-2520, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org