News Alert: NMDOT teams up for bike safety

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By The Staff

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (BCNM) to increase the number of bicycle safety trainers throughout New Mexico.

NMDOT and BCNM recently entered into a two-year, $64,000 agreement to have BCNM provide League of American Bicyclists‚ (LAB) safety trainings across the state.

“By providing the LAB safety education program to new trainers, NMDOT is sharing its multi-modal transportation vision with New Mexico communities, providing an environment where more bicyclists and motorists safely share the road,” NMDOT Secretary Gary Girón said.

BCNM President Diane Albert concurred, adding, “Simply knowing how to ride a bike is not the same as knowing how to operate a bike safely and legally. This joint effort with NMDOT will provide teachers and students the tips, tools, and techniques for safe bicycling throughout New Mexico.”

Girón said the safety trainings will target schools and law enforcement agencies as well as scout and 4-H leaders.

The trainings will be offered in several New Mexico communities outside of the Albuquerque metro area.

The City of Albuquerque has had a successful bicycle-safety program in place for more than a decade.

For more information, contact Mark Slimp at 505-231-1935.