A cyclist rides his bike along Cypress Avenue in the city of Redlands.
REDLANDS LAUNCHES BIKE SAFEY VIDEO SERIES
By Sandra Emerson
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REDLANDS » The city wants to make sure cyclists are aware not only of where they can ride but also how to ride safely. To accomplish this, staff with the city’s Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department has launched a series of bike safety videos to educate the public on the city’s bike lanes and trails and provide safety tips. “We want our community to be safe as we promote this outdoor activity,” said Treasure Ortiz, public relations coordinator for the utilities department.
The 52-part video series will be posted to the department’s Facebook page and the city’s website, with one new video per week, Ortiz said.
So far, the videos cover the types of bike lanes in the city, bike safety for children, lights and reflectors on bikes, and crossing intersections safely. The latest video features Ride Yourself Fit and focuses on shifting, braking, staying hydrated and group riding.
Cyclists ride their bikes along Brookside Avenue in the city of Redlands in designated bike paths.
The videos, which are being filmed by Cheryl Williams in the public information office and city staff, are meant to educate the public on how to take advantage of the city’s bike infrastructure safely. Still, the city wants cyclists to enjoy their rides, said Kjeld Lindsted, senior administrative analyst. “We’ve spent quite a bit of effort over the last few years really building out the bike infrastructure that we have,” Lindsted said. “We’ve had bike lanes and bike projects going in just about as fast as we can fund them and build them.”
The city created the Redlands Bicycle Master Plan, which outlines the striping of bike lanes, connectivity among businesses and recreational areas, education programs and other amenities to make the city more bike friendly. “A big part of the bike master plan was obviously focused on the bike infrastructure we’ve been installing and we’re very proud of,” Lindsted said. “But a corollary to that was doing this kind of public outreach. Really, the ultimate goal is to help people be able to utilize the facilities that are going in.” Redlands has three classes of bike lanes:
• Class 1 lanes are designated bike paths away from city streets.
• Class 2 lanes are striped, separating them from vehicle lanes. The green lanes on Brookside Avenue are an example of Class 2 lanes.
• Class 3 lanes have sharrows, or chevron striping, indicating that the cyclists and motorists share the right of way.
The city’s Orange Blossom Trail also provides families and less experienced riders a safe trail. The city also is working with San Bernardino County officials on installing lanes in the unincorporated area known as the Donut Hole. Lindsted said staff members have been talking to members of the biking community and organizations, including the Inland Empire Biking Alliance, Ride Yourself Fit and the Redlands BikeBBQ. “It’s been kind of fun to see how they approach the project,” Lindsted said. “All of them have been very excited about it so far and they all have ideas.”
Ortiz said the response to the videos has been positive and the public has started sharing their ideas. “There’s that interaction, which is really where we wanted to go with it,” she said. “We’re trying to meet all the demographics and different parts of the community. We’re really happy with the response.”