On March 16, 2016, Pinellas Park Middle School held an event to give away bike lights to students to promote safe cycling. Staff from the Pinellas County Traffic Division and Florida Department of Transportation attended the event to help students attach the lights to their bicycles to assure future use. The school is one of 17 in participating with the FDOT in a safety program to distribute free bicycle lights to students at schools throughout the county. So far, almost 850 lights have been distributed and tomorrow another 210 will find new homes. “This shows what we can accomplish when we all work together,” says Casey Morse, an Engineering Services Technician at Pinellas County public works. The county’s public works transportation division expects to receive more lights from FDOT to meet the large number of requests from local schools. The lights were purchased by FDOT via a State Safety grant.
State law requires bikes to be equipped with a white front light and rear red light for nighttime use. The bike light give away is one way to help young cyclists obey the law, and is one of the many efforts that are underway to make the Tampa Bay area more bike-friendly and safe.