DATA and the Reston Bike Club (RBC) have begun partnering to help essential workers who bike to their jobs commute more safely, particularly as the end of daylight saving time approaches. With financial support provided partially by Fairfax County through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, DATA staff and RBC volunteers will be distributing free bike lights and safety tips at bike racks in Reston Town Center and other locations where bike commuters typically park. DATA staff will also deliver the bilingual bike safety flyers to Reston Town Center restaurants and businesses. These outreach materials will include information on how to receive a free bike safety helmet.
“We are pleased to be collaborating with DATA on this important project,” said RBC Board Member-at-large Kelley Westenhoff. “Our members are happy to help these essential workers who do so much for our community but also so often go unappreciated.” In addition to the hours RBC volunteers are contributing to help hand out the safety materials, the Club awarded DATA a $1000 grant and provided the bike lights and helmets. RBC is a volunteer, non-profit club with over 1,200 members. In addition to organizing weekly bicycle rides and social events for all levels and abilities, RBC strives to maintain working relationships with local and state governing bodies to promote equitable legislation and raise public awareness.
DATA Senior Grant Manager Sarah McGowan explained, “One of the most important roles DATA serves is providing transportation information and program referrals to underserved members of our community. Fairfax County recognizes this pandemic, as is so often the case, has been especially hard on those with the least resources. That’s why Fairfax County’s grant funding to help us assist low income and non-English speaking residents find sustainable modes of transportation to their workplaces is extremely timely.”