GetAbout Columbia donates bike lights to Roots N Blues

3 years 3 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, September 24 2015 Sep 24, 2015 Thursday, September 24, 2015 2:28:00 PM CDT September 24, 2015 in News
By: Jasmine Lee, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - GetAbout Columbia donated 100 bicycle tail lights to the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. People who choose to bike to the event can pick up a free tail light at the festival while supplies last. The group also provided a few white front lights. 

Janet Godon, the GetAbout Columbia coordinator, said the organization is encouraging people to walk or bike to the festival. Cyclists can park their bikes at the front of the venue, at no charge. 

"If you take advantage of the free bike valet, you will be offered a bicycle tail light or a front light when you leave," Godon said. 

Due to the increased traffic because of the festival on East Walnut Street, Godon and others who are working the event are encouraging pedestrians and cyclists to use the North Perimeter Trail path and to stay off of the main road, which will be used by shuttles and other cars. 

"We just want to alleviate the traffic on East Walnut and we just don't want that interaction between pedestrians and bikers on a dark road," Godon said. 

She also said it is very easy for people to make their own front lights for the bicycles, if they do not receive one from the festival. 

"It's simple to make one. All you need is a little flash light and duct tape or a couple of zip ties and wrap that around your handle bars," Godon said. 

Brian Kukla, who works at the CycleXTreme, is planning on biking to the festival. 

"It's more fun and you get better parking, " Kukla said. "But after the event, we had to walk our bikes pretty far away from Stephens Lake because the crowd was so big."

Even though he uses a tail light, front light and reflective gear, Kukla said he knows some people will not have proper lights on their bikes, so the free tail lights will be very helpful. 

He also said the trail path was not as lit up and he had some trouble seeing pedestrians, especially near the "dark" spots on the trail.

The city installed new energy efficient street lights partially around the Stephens Perimeter Trail on the North side. The lights have been part of a master plan because the city saw a need for new lights on the path. The new trail lights are eco-friendly and motion-sensored. If a cyclist or a pedestrian is underneath it, the light uses 100 percent of its energy. Other times when there is no traffic, the lights only use about 40 percent.

The total cost for the new lights is about $45,000, after the city completes the installation around the trail. The money came from the 2010 park sales tax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLE COUNTY - One man is dead after being ejected from his car during a crash Saturday night. Michael... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:15:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
PECULIAR - Fourth generation dairy farmer Jay Fogle is one of many Missouri milk cow operators who are struggling to... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was killed in a crash late Saturday night off Blackfoot Road and Parkside Drive, police said.... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:47:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:57:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Two Midwest companies issued separate food recalls this week for bacterial contamination concerns. Hy-Vee said its supplier,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 4:53:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN (AP) — Toxicology tests show that a boater was drunk when he slammed into a bluff at Missouri's Lake... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:41:35 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA), along with multiple medical associations, reaffirmed their opposition to the three... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:50:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For the fourth consecutive year, Project Homeless Connect provided services Friday for people who are experiencing homelessness... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 12:10:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
11am 47°
12pm 50°
1pm 53°
2pm 55°