Savannah Bicycle Campaign hosting free safety classes

Savannah Bicycle Campaign hosting free safety classes

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A lot of people get around Savannah on two wheels, and happening this week, free classes are being offered for bicyclists looking to travel safely.

The Savannah Bicycle Campaign is offering the classes to anyone that registers, but they are really geared towards SCAD students.

Everyone attending will receive a free bike light set and learn strategies for staying safe on Savannah's streets.

"We have the highest rate of bicycle commuters in the Southeast for a city of our size, so that is really indicativee of the need to have not only education programs for these bicyclist, but the need for better facilities," said Caila Brown, Savannah Bicycle Campaign.

With SCAD welcoming its largest incoming class ever this fall, the Bicycle Campaign wants to make sure all new students become confident city cyclists.

"Suburban communities and students who are from, international students, may be used to places that are much more bike friendly than we are. So they may interpret a street as being safe when in fact it's not. And unfortunately, we have streets in downtown Savannah that have high-speed motor vehicle traffic and we want those streets to be fixed so they are safe, but until then, we try to get students to select routes that would make them less vulnerable," said Savannah Bicycle Campaign Executive Director John Bennett.

The first bike safety classes are Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The next is Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. All being held at the Bicycle Campaign building on Lincoln Street.

These classes are free, but you must register. To register for a class, email info@bicyclecampaign.org.

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