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Bainbridge police teams up with Squeaky Wheels and island bike shops for bike safety

The Bainbridge Island Police Department has partnered up with Squeaky Wheels and island bike shops to sponsor a new program promoting bike safety.

Under the program, officers will now be distributing bike lights and reminding cyclists that proper lighting is not only required by law but also crucial this time of year.

"Many Bainbridge roads are unlit and have no separated bike lanes, making lights a practical and legal necessity so drivers will see bike riders, and be able to safely pass them," said Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner.

Squeaky Wheels has purchased 20 light sets from B.I.Cycle and Classic Cycle for police distribution.

With the newly purchased sets, police will loan a front and back light to cyclists seen riding without lights. This will spare cyclists a $103 fine and allow them to finish their ride.

"Our goal with this program is to improve bike safety and we are pleased that we can partner with the local bike shops and Police Department to provide lights to those in need," said Ross Hathaway, president of Squeaky Wheels.

Riders will be asked to return the lights to local bike shops or to the police department to continue the light-loaning safety program.

By returning the light set, cyclists will also be encouraged to purchase their own.

"We hope that this program will remind everyone of the importance of riding with lights and encourage all bike riders to make sure their light sets are working properly or to get new ones," Hathaway said.

For legal information about bike riding on Bainbridge, contact the police department at 206-842-5211. For other information, contact Bruce Bachen of Squeaky Wheels at 206-855-1667 or visit www.squeakywheels.org.

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