Who placed the yellow bicycle-safety signs on area roads?
Photo by Geoffrey Morris
You may have noticed yellow road signs reminding drivers to keep three feet between themselves and cyclists. The signs, sponsored and installed by Sound Cyclists, a countywide bike club, appear in Wilton and Redding, but not in Ridgefield. Says Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz: the signs are not sanctioned, which is why they do not appear in town.
On October 1, 2008, the Department of Transportation created a statute requiring motorists to keep at least three feet of separation when passing a bicycle.
Though bike accidents have been a rare occurrence in Ridgefield—with three reported in the last two years—motorist-cyclist collisions are a real hazard. The Ridgefield Police Department has been working with the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club (RBSC) to create ways to increase awareness and spread the message of the state’s Share the Road Program, a DoT initiative dedicated to keeping roads safe for all modes of transport. “There’s really been an increase in bicycle traffic in town,” says Capt. Kreitz.
The RPD is working to get Share the Road signs placed throughout town, as well as an informational pamphlet designed to educate about the rules of the road.
The RBSC also plans to produce a video, from the point of view of drivers and cyclists, about safely coexisting on the road.
“Along with the RPD, we are working to provide as much knowledge and resources as possible for us all to get along safe and sound.” says RBSC president Jacqui Dowd.