Bike Light Handout Aims To Help Essential Workers Commute Safely

RESTON, VA — The Dulles Space Transportation Affiliation (DATA) is teaming up with the Reston Bike Membership to assist important employees commuting on bikes to take action extra safely, particularly as the tip of daylight saving time attracts close to.

Beginning on Thursday, DATA workers and RBC will probably be distributing free bike lights and security suggestions at Reston City Middle bike racks and different locations the place bike commuters normally park. DATA workers may also distribute bilingual bike security flyers to eating places and companies in Reston City Middle.

“These distributions will happen intermittently over the subsequent two weeks relying on volunteers’ schedules and what is sensible to succeed in important employees,” stated Sarah McGowan, DATA senior grant supervisor.

Fairfax County supplied among the monetary assist for this effort by way of the federal Coronavirus Help, Reduction, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act.

“We’re happy to be collaborating with DATA on this vital mission,” stated RBC Board Member-at-large Kelley Westenhoff, in a launch. “Our members are comfortable to assist these important employees who accomplish that a lot for our neighborhood but additionally so usually go unappreciated.”

Except for serving to to distribute the protection supplies, RBC not too long ago awarded DATA a $1,000 grant. The group additionally supplied the bike lights and helmets for Thursday’s distribution.

“Probably the most vital roles DATA serves is offering transportation info and program referrals to underserved members of our neighborhood,” McGowan stated, in a launch. “Fairfax County acknowledges this pandemic, as is so usually the case, has been particularly onerous on these with the least sources. That is why Fairfax County’s grant funding to assist us help low revenue and non-English talking residents discover sustainable modes of transportation to their workplaces is extraordinarily well timed.”

DATA is a Transportation Administration Affiliation (TMA) nonprofit that identifies transportation wants and promotes alternatives to handle them. With over 1,200 members, RBC is a nonprofit membership that organizes weekly bicycle rides and social occasions for all age and talent ranges.