In the wake of a bicycle accident involving a distracted driver hitting a bicyclist on the Harrison Bridge between West Lafayette and Lafayette, a committee began working on a bike safety campaign. The committee, known as the Lafayette Community Development Project, hoped that the campaign would help prevent pedestrian accidents and bicycle wrecks from happening in the future.
Teaching Pedestrians, Drivers and Cyclists to Safely Share the Road
The initial goal of the Lafayette Community Development Project’s safety campaign is to change how drivers view bicyclists and pedestrians and their place on the road. They plan to do this through education and awareness programs designed to help drivers, pedestrians and cyclists understand where bikes and pedestrians belong on the road and what traffic laws cyclists and pedestrians are supposed to obey.
In addition to the Lafayette Community Development Project, Bicycle Lafayette and Purdue University are involved in the safety campaign. West Lafayette, Lafayette and Tippecanoe County have raised $48,000 to finance the three-year campaign. Organizers hope to launch the safety campaign on Bike To Work Day, which is May 19, in downtown Lafayette at Riehle Plaza.