Bainbridge biking group offers to help pay for speed warning signs

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Squeaky Wheels wants to help slow down some speedy wheels.

The city of Bainbridge Island purchased two “speed reader” signs — speed feedback signs that are set next to the road to show approaching drivers how fast they are going in miles per hour — for $11,815 in April.

The city’s police department received a $7,000 traffic safety equipment grant in February to help pay for the new signs from the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs.

But the final cost to the city may end up going even lower.

Squeaky Wheels, Bainbridge’s bicycle advocacy group, has offered to pay the additional costs for the signs that were not covered by the grant.

The nonprofit organization wants to chip in $4,587 for the two signs, so the signs can be used by Bainbridge police without any cost to taxpayers.

According to city officials, the bicycle club hopes the signs will remind drivers to slow down and keep island roads safe for cyclists.

The city council will review the grant and the offer from Squeaky Wheels at its meeting Tuesday, July 25 at city hall.

City council members are expected to approve the grant from the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs and the gift from Squeaky Wheels at their meeting on Aug. 8.