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Bike Safety Programs Help Delaware Cyclists

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DOVER, Del. - At least 800 people benefited this summer from the Delaware Department of Transportation's bicycle safety programs, the department announced today.

Twelve bike checkpoints in Delaware's resort towns reached 604 residents, tourists and summer employees, and five classes reached 204 summer employees.

At bicycle checkpoints, DelDOT staff and volunteers distributed 548 sets of bicycle lights and 77 helmets while educating visitors about bicycle laws, bicycle safety, places to ride and local events. Sussex Cyclists and the Delaware Bicycle Council provided the lights and helmets.

During summer employee training sessions, DelDOT staff and volunteers provided two hours of classroom training about bike laws, traffic, intersections and possible routes to and from employment. They also helped the employees practice riding and conducting emergency safety maneuvers. Employers such as Sea Colony, Thrashers and Funland encourage their employees to participate in the program.

Supporters of DelDOT's bicycle safety programs include Sussex Cyclists, Delaware State Police, Beebe Hospital, Lewes Rehoboth Area Churches and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.

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