RIDE Solutions and the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board Announce New Bicycle Safety Efforts

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RIDE Solutions and the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board Announce New Bicycle Safety Efforts

Come visit us at the Go Outside festival grounds for an important bike safety announcement.

WHAT:        Join RIDE Solutions and the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board as we announce two new tools developed to improve road safety in the Roanoke Valley.   Roanoke County Chief of Police Howard Hall of the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board will announce a new educational video developed to educate both cyclists and drivers about the rights and responsibilities of all vehicles on Virginia’s roads, and RIDE Solutions will announce a new data collection tool that will help law enforcement and planners improve road safety.  Both announcements will follow remarks by local cyclist Wes Wilmer, who in June of this year was struck by a distracted driver while riding on Route 11 near Lexington.  Mr. Wilmer, a five-time endurance cycling world champion, will share details about his crash and his long road to recovery.

WHO:          Jeremy Holmes, Director of Alternative Transportation programs, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission; Roanoke County Chief of Police Howard Hall; Chair, Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board; Wes Wilmer, cyclist

WHEN:       Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 2:30 PM

WHERE:     Go Outside Festival grounds, River’s Edge Sports Complex, Wiley Drive, Roanoke, across from Carilion Clinic.  The press conference will be held in the bicycle demo area.

WHY:          The early part of 2014 saw a number of incident involving distracted, drunk, or aggressive drivers in the Roanoke region, including the crash that led to the serious injuries suffered by Mr. Wes Wilmer, and the death of Mr. Earl Wright as he rode his bicycle home from work along Franklin Road in Roanoke.  As the number of cyclists riding for recreation or transportation in the Roanoke Valley grows, so do the opportunities for conflict and the need for improved safety measures and access to education.

HOW:          For interviews or additional information please contact Jeremy Holmes, jholmes@rvarc.org or 540-342-9393.

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