Released on: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:15 AM
The City of Alpharetta was awarded $27,900 in federal funds through the Georgia Highway Safety Grant managed by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). This grant program is available thanks to federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal of the program is to promote the development and implementation of innovative programs to address highway safety issues.
Alpharetta’s Department of Public Safety recognizes the increasing participation in cycling throughout the city, and intends to use this grant program as an opportunity to educate cyclists, drivers, and law enforcement officers alike to ensure that safety is the main focus of all users of the roadway.
Alpharetta partnered with Bike Alpharetta Inc., a local bicycle advocacy organization, to put together the educational program that will be implemented as a result of this grant award. Together we will host educational events along the Big Creek Greenway, passing out youth bicycle helmets and educational materials. Other bicycle safety workshops will be planned throughout the next twelve months.
“Alpharetta’s Department of Public Safety has worked hand-in-hand with Bike Alpharetta to create a year-long Bicycle Safety Campaign,” says Councilman D.C. Aiken. “Together, we hope to interact with a multitude of cyclists and drivers, explaining the rules of the road that will keep us all safe. Thanks to the grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, our police officers will have the necessary tools to do just that.”