Fort Wayne Trails announced that they have been awarded a $10,000 Impact Grant from General Motors for Vehicle and Road Safety. The grant will help fund a program called “Where the Trail Meets the Road” in partnership with Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne; League Certified Instructor Training will be provided through the League of American Bicyclists, and local participants who have received the training will teach safe cycling classes throughout the community. Certified instructors will also provide Bicycle Friendly Driver programs to local employers, civic groups, bus drivers, commercial drivers and others to inform the community about safe driving in the presence of bicycles. A Public Service Announcement campaign will also accompany the program which will begin early in 2019 with videos on social media demonstrating proper behavior from all users.
“As our trail system continues to grow and expand, we need to be focusing on education where trails intersect with roads and what is expected of both the trail user and motor vehicle users. We are excited to partner with Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne and appreciate GM’s support of this program.” Fort Wayne Trails Executive Director, Kent Castleman said in regards to the program.
In regards to the grant program General Motor’s Website states, “With safety as our number one priority, General Motors is investing in nonprofit partnerships to increase safety in and around vehicles as we work toward a future with zero crashes.” As part of the program local GM employees will have the opportunity to take part in various volunteer roles and in the production of the PSA Training videos.