With JUMP Bike program expanding, Elorza promotes road safety

With JUMP Bike program expanding, Elorza promotes road safety

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As the weather gets warmer, safety and transportation officials want to remind drivers to share the road and wave to make themselves known.

The Rhode Island Waves Campaign was launched four years ago in an effort to create safer roads. It’s a public awareness campaign to encourage all road users to acknowledge one another with a wave.

AAA Northeast put the message to the test on Monday as employees demonstrated a series of bicycle and vehicle interactions on the road.

RIDOT Director Peter Aliviti says the 10-year plan the agency is asking to have approved this year includes an unprecedented $226 million in bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

“That is about $23 million a year in new bicycle and pedestrian mix-use lanes and paths,” he explained. “They’re part of our construction projects, they’re part of our traffic safety projects, and they’re part of our transportation alternative projects.”

In Providence, Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city will almost triple the number of JUMP bikes available throughout the city and expects more cyclists on the road.

“We can reduce bicycle pedestrian fatalities to zero, to near zero, if not absolute zero, but it takes everyone to accomplish that goal,” Elorza said.

For more safety tips on how to share the road, click here.

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