Ocean City, Maryland – (April 23, 2018): The Town of Ocean City is growing the bicycle light project after the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) experienced overwhelmingly positive feedback. In March 2018, the OCPD began distributing bicycle lights to Ocean City residents, free of charge, in an effort to improve bicycle safety. The service was so successful that the town is expanding the effort.
Now, Ocean City residents and visitors can bring their bicycles to any of the five fire stations to have the free lights installed. According to Ocean City Councilmember Tony DeLuca, this service is just one effort to make Ocean City a more bicycle friendly community and a safer community overall.
“We are excited to have received a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore,” commented Councilmember DeLuca. “The generosity of our community has resulted in the purchase of nearly 500 free bicycle lights for residents, visitors and our J-1 students. We strongly believe that having properly equipped bicycles will reduce the number of bicycle collisions that occur in Ocean City, making it safer for drivers and bicyclists.”
Along with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, funding for the bike lights has come from the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Association. “It’s important to keep everyone on our roadways safe,” DeLuca continued. “Providing lights for free is not only a great service but it’s a service that is making our roadways safer in Ocean City.”
To further improve this safety initiative, bicycle lights will be available at the City Hall gazebo on Wednesdays from May 16 through June 27, from approximately 10 a.m. until noon. To receive a free bicycle light, you must bring your bicycle to one of the designated locations (the Public Safety Building and the Ocean City Fire Department stations).