APD Launches Program to Enforce Cycle Laws

Alameda Police Department (APD) began two ongoing bicyclerelated public safety programs on Thursday, Dec. 1. The first program will allow APD officers to reward middle and high-school students demonstrating safe cycling skills with a Tucker's Token for a free ice cream cone. "When on-duty traffic officers observe kids riding predictably and visibly, following the rules of the road (such as stopping at stop signs and red lights, using hand signals before turning, wearing helmets and walking bikes in crosswalks), they will let the kids know they are doing a great job and give them the coveted wooden token," said APD chief Mike Noonan. Fifty tokens will be distributed each month for a year.

BikeAlameda worked with APD to create and organize the program, which Greer Family Mortuary, Alameda Bicycle and Tucker's Ice Cream are sponsoring.

The second program will send bicyclists who receive moving violations to the Bicycle Traffic School Program — a collaborative effort involving law enforcement and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition to educate at-risk cyclists.

Bicyclists with moving violations will attend a two-hour bicycle safety class offered by APD. Cited bicyclists will pay a $50 fee in lieu of a much higher moving-violation fine.

Any teenager or adult who has not been cited for any violation can attend for free.

East Bay Bicycle Coalition's certified bicycle safety instructors will offer these classes from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Alameda Fire Department's Conference Center, 431 Stardust Place, Building 522, at Alameda Point.

"The goal of the program is to decrease the number of bicycle collisions, injuries and fatalities in Alameda through bicycle safety education," Noonan said. Visit the East Bay Bicycle Coalition's website at www.ebbc.org/AlamedaPD for eligibility and registration information. To learn more, call Robert Prinz at 845-7433, Ext. 2 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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