Monday, November 09, 2009

Reyes Helps Spanish-Speaking Cyclists Get Safer Commute

WHEN: Monday, November 9 2009, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Day Labor Center
1600 Shatto at Wilshire and Union
(Southeast corner of Home Depot Shopping Center)
Los Angeles CA 90017

PARKING: Fifteen complimentary parking spaces located in the lower level of The Home Depot parking
garage (accessible via ramp located off Wilshire directly in front of The Home Depot

WHAT: With the increase of cyclists sharing the road with motorists and the recent daylight saving time change, there is a greater need for cyclists to be visible and to use safety equipment. Many of the cyclists are Spanish-speaking immigrants who rely on bicycles as their primary form of transportation because they cannot afford to own cars. Many are riding during early mornings or nights without lights and helmets and are not aware of traffic laws that can make their commutes safer.

"Countless residents traverse the City’s congested streets daily to get to work,” said Reyes. "Many do so more out of necessity than recreation. The safety of our City’s bicyclists, especially in my district, is just as important as that of our drivers and pedestrians. We need to do everything in our power to ensure their safety. That’s why programs like this are so important.”

To address that need, Kaiser Permanente has provided a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles
County Bicycle Coalition. The grant will fund more bike safety supplies such as bike lights and helmets for the day laborer cyclists. It also enables LACBC to further its mission to bring together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. county region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

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