Penn Division of Public Safety Kicks Off Annual Bicycle Safety Campaign

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 20, 2012


PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police Department, will kick off the annual Share the Road bicycle safety campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. in front of the Penn Bookstore, 36th and Walnut streets. The event will conclude with a press conference at noon.

The Share the Road campaign educates bicyclists and motorists about local laws and basic safety practices.

The event features members of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, PennCycle, Neighborhood Bike Works, Keswick Cycle, the Undergraduate Assembly, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and Penn’s Medical Emergency Response Team who will be on site to answer questions about bike safety.

“This safety campaign gives us an opportunity to collaborate with important stakeholders such as the City of Philadelphia Streets Department and bicycle-advocate groups to get safety information out to bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists,” Maureen S. Rush, Penn’s vice president for public safety, said.  “We work together to educate the community on ways that everyone can ‘share the road’ respectfully.”

The Share the Road event will address the changes in the bike lanes along Walnut Street, as well as deliver safety tips for those pedestrians and bicyclists using the South Street Bridge.

The Division of Public Safety’s “Driving and Cycling Safety on Penn’s Campus” brochure is available at http://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/bicycle-safety-information/.

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