TRANSPORTATION: Sales of ‘Share The Road’ license plates will help fund bicycle safety program
– A specialty Nevada license plate supporting safe bicycle and pedestrian programs is now available for purchase through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
The specialty plate displays a “Share the Road” message and bicycle and pedestrian image. The plates will cost an initial $61 and $30 for renewal. Proceeds of $25 per plate will provide grant money for non-profit and government organizations to plan and construct bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as support bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and other programs. The grant funding will be awarded by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and administered through the Nevada Department of Transportation.
“Bicycling and walking are not only beneficial for health, they can also connect and enhance communities and reduce congestion and vehicle emissions,” Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Chairman Dennis Stark explained.
“Biking and walking are important means of transportation, but tragically, there have been 69 pedestrians and bicyclists killed on Nevada roads this year,” NDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Bill Story said. “This license plate will not only bring awareness of how important it is for us all to share the road; it will also help fund safe bicycle and walking programs and projects.”
The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the State Legislature to promote safe bicycling and pedestrian facilities and programs and advise state agencies on safe bicycle and pedestrian policies, program and facilities.
The specialty license plates are available for purchase at Nevada DMV offices. You must visit the DMV in person and pay specialty plate fees and $5 plate transfer fee. No registration renewal or emissions inspection is required to swap existing plates for a set of “Share the Road” plates.
Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians should follow all rules of the road and actively watch for each other.
Pedestrians and bicyclists should only cross streets when and where safe, and look both ways before and while crossing.
Motorists should also only pass bicyclists when it is safe – with at least three feet of space between the bicycle and vehicle – and never overtake a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians. | iH