FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 10, 2017
9:03:56 AM CST
Mayor, Police Chief to Announce Kick-Off of Bike Safety Campaign
At a news conference at
3:45 p.m. TODAY (Friday,
March 10), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Police Chief Art
Acevedo and Health Department Assistant Director Dr. Faith Foreman will
announce the beginning of a new Safe Passage Campaign to protect bicyclists on
The news briefing will
be held in the Media Briefing Room on the first floor of the HPD Edward A.
Thomas Building at 1200 Travis.
In 2013, Houston City
Council passed the Safe Passing/Vulnerable Road User Ordinance that requires
passing vehicles be at least three feet away from bicyclists and passing trucks
be at least six feet from bicyclists. This new campaign will raise
awareness and enhance enforcement of the ordinance to make Houston's roads
safer for cyclists.
approach will include education, awareness and enforcement. During the
campaign, electronic public safety messages will be displayed, brochures will
be handed out and HPD will conduct enforcement with a new C3FT device, which
measures the distance a passing car is from a bicyclist.
Following the news
conference, several vehicles displaying the three-foot and six-foot rule and
the C3FT device will be displayed.