Event to promote bike safety in Central Kentucky

By Laura Shrake | Assistant News Editor

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Between bikes, cars and pedestrians, Lexington and campus roadways are busy places.

To address safety issues, particularly for cyclists in Central Kentucky, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, the UK HealthCare Level I Trauma Center and WKYT news station have teamed up to bring bike safety awareness to Lexington and UK.

The organizations will host two events to foster a discussion about what can be done to improve the safety of cyclists in Central Kentucky and other issues when it comes to sharing the road.

“We need to have a bigger conversation about bike safety in our area,” KIPRC outreach coordinator Kim Browning said.

On Thursday, “Improving Bike Safety: A Conversation” will feature a panel that includes representatives from the Lexington Police Department, Bluegrass Cycling Club, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, as well as UK’s sustainability coordinator Shane Tedder.

On Saturday, the groups will host another event called “Cycle Safe Lexington!” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Center parking lot.

Browning said the event was sparked by several bike accidents in the area that resulted in serious injuries and deaths.

“From an injury standpoint, wearing a helmet could have saved their lives,” Browning said.