The association for the development of public transport, bike paths and pedestrians of the Grenoble region (ADTC) relays, as every year for fifteen years, the national campaign “Cyclists shine”. Objective: to improve cycling road safety in the agglomeration. Awareness campaigns are thus conducted to warn about the dangers of nighttime traffic. The program includes a distribution of vests and fluorescent armbands this Thursday, November 9 in Grenoble.
Since 7 November, the ADTC has been deployed in different places frequented by cyclists as part of the national “Cyclists shine” campaign, subsidized by Grenoble.
On Thursday, the association will be present Pasteur place and on Avenue Marceline Berthelot near the MC2, until 18 h 45. In the program, distribution of equipment to be better seen at dusk: safety vest and fluorescent armbands, some reflex reflectors for non-equipped bicycles and goodies (fluorescent pouches for backpacks etc.).
The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of traffic at night. But also inform cyclists not equipped with active lights (front and rear) and passive (retro-reflectors on the wheels) that they can be verbalized up to 11 Euros per missing item. The ADTC also works with bicycle dealers who must encourage their customers to equip themselves with these mandatory elements.
So what initial assessment can we draw from this awareness-raising work to “see and be seen well” on a bicycle? “We have seen a change in the behavior of cyclists,” says ADTC. A few years ago, the fluorescent vest was out of date. Today, we notice that the attitude of cyclists has changed. More and more bicycles are equipped with visibility elements. There is a real awareness of the issues of road safety. Although there is still a percentage of “ghost bikes” without any elements of visibility and protection, the association recognizes.
Develop dangerous junctions and further improve the network of cycle lanes to smooth traffic and avoid bicycles on sidewalks.