On May 16, San Diego Civic and Community Leaders joined bicycle and environmental advocates in a special event designed to showcase the latest in Rider Safety Visibility (RSV) technology. The RSV event began at North Park Main Street Association, 3939 Iowa Street, with comments from event managers and elected officials, followed by a round-trip group ride to Electric Bike Central dealership in Little Italy.
Officials transported on state-of-the-art electric bicycles with integrated front and rear lights, outfitted with the latest in new rider safety visibility technology, including LED helmets with integrated brake and turn signals; day and night time running lights; high visibility clothing and commuter bags; and other RSV technologies that are effective at ensuring that cyclists increase visibility in an increasing era of distracted driving.
The event was supported by a number of electric bike brands, including Stromer, e-JOE Bike, BULLS Bikes and Kalkhoff Bikes; as well as visibility and safety products from Knog Lights, Ortlieb Bags, Shower’s Pass, Safety Skin, OTTOLOCK, NiteRider and Deco Bike.
The riders include representatives of from U.S. Congressman Scott Peters office, City and County representatives, San Diego Climate Action Campaign, as well as bicycling and environmental advocates, and the general public.
“National Bike Month is an opportunity to show the benefits of incorporating bicycling into San Diego’s transportation portfolio. As we strategize the best way to do this, events like the Rider Safety Visibility initiative help us prioritize rider safety through innovative technology made right here in San Diego,” said U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52).
“The event showcased pedal-assist electric bicycles and their unique ability to conquer our geography with little effort and no sweat providing a viable option for San Diego commuters, recreation cyclists and those interested in reducing car trips, traffic, and congestion. At the same time, riders interacting with traffic in an era of increasingly distracted drivers remain a huge concern for us all. We’ll present some highly effective and visible options for riders to stack the deck in their favor in terms of being better seen during the day and night,” said Ed Clancy of the San Diego Sports Collective, the event sponsor.
This event is produced by the San Diego Sports Collective. The Rider Safety Visibility (RSV) initiative was created to improve rider safety through better visibility by creating programs that tie together companies, bicycle advocates, alternative transportation, climate action, and business and community leaders. For more information, www.sdsportscollective.com