Bike Bakersfield gives away free safety equipment to locals

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Bike Bakersfield kicked off its annual Project Light Up the Night, giving away dozens of helmets and lights to help locals ride safely.

The nonprofit’s program director, Aaron Gonzalez, says he’s seen the cycling scene expand tenfold in the past decade.

“You need lights to be safe and to be seen because if we’re out in traffic and people are visible, we’ll have less collisions and accidents,” Gonzalez said.

Stockdale High School’s National Honor Society was there to volunteer.

“Bike safety is important to Bakersfield because a lot of people use it as their only transportation,” said Stockdale junior Ninnett Avila.

Gonzalez’s biggest tips for safety include always wearing a helmet. He also says to stay visible by wearing reflective clothing and keeping lights on your bike. Be predictable by using hand signals and staying in the bike lane.

The project is sponsored by Chain Cohn Stiles and Kern Family Health Care.

There will be more giveaways on Nov. 8, 15, 21, and 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact them at 321-9247, or info@bikebakersfield.org.

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