Ocean City Today

OC to provide thousands of free bike lights

By Greg Ellison | Jan 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Ocean City Police During 2016 Ocean City Police distributed $800 worth of bike lights to J-1 students.

(Jan. 19, 2018) Motorists will find it easier to spot J-1 students bicycling at night along Coastal Highway and the Route 50 Bridge this summer after the State Highway Administration confirmed a grant request last week to purchase and install 2,000 bike lights.

Councilman Tony DeLuca said following a Green Team meeting last Wednesday that the highway administration emailed him with a bright bit of news.

“We asked them if they could please give us 2,000 lights [because] we said there’s 4,000 J-1 students … and about half of them have bikes,” he said at a council meeting Tuesday. “They wrote back, ‘We think we can make those lights happen.’”

To qualify for support from the state highway’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Program, however, the city has to meet one condition: don’t just give the lights to students, install them on the bikes.

“So we’re putting a plan together … [and] it looks like we can make it happen this year,” DeLuca said.

DeLuca said the Ocean City Police Department had already acquired approximately 200 bike light kits for its own safety program but could now have an increased total if required.

The state highway funding will also allow the city to provide light kits to enhance the efforts of local churches that have programs to recycle bikes, DeLuca said.

“We will have them available at City Hall [and] we’re also going to distribute them to seasonal workers at their orientation meetings,” he said.

The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce will also help in the bike light outreach, DeLuca said.

While the bike light kits retail for roughly $15, DeLuca said Continental Cycles CEO Joe Marx was able to cut that figure almost in half.

“If we buy in bulk … we can get them for around $8,” he said. “The great thing about these lights is they don’t require tools to put on [and] the batteries should last a season.”

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