ON THE MOVE: March 6
The Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, an all volunteer nonprofit working to keep people who ride bikes safe while growing their community, announces the appointment of its 2018 board of directors and executive committee. Board members and officers serving a one-year term include Keely Brooks, president; Rick Skipton, vice-president; Gina Waymire, treasurer; and Traci Traasdahl, secretary.
SNVBC’s board of directors that works in an advisory capacity for one year includes: Chris Armstrong, vice president of development for Olympia Cos.; Scott Black, councilman Ward Three for the city of North Las Vegas; Scott Jarvis, bicycle program manager and project engineer for the city of Henderson; Jacob Snow, principal at JA Barrett Co. and former city manager for the city of Henderson; and Lance Wilson, leadership consultant.
SNVBC encourages bike riding for individuals of all ages and aspires to bring bicycle events and tourism to Southern Nevada. It is the voice for people who ride bikes, advocating for a more bike-friendly community working with community leaders to develop policies and infrastructure, supporting stricter penalties for cited individuals involved in a collision with a cyclist, and partnering with law enforcement to educate the public on safe driving and biking.
Some of SNVBC’s most recent achievements include its influence in the county’s decision to apply to become a bicycle-friendly community, the state’s decision to change the rumble strip design making State Route 160 safer for riders and drivers, spearheading the More Space! Keep it Safe, Nevada initiative to educate the public of Nevada’s 3-feet law (NRS 484B.280), which states that motorists must give at least 3 feet of space when passing a bicyclist, and pushed to get the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department the only device in the state of Nevada that can measure motorists who break the 3-feet law.
According to the National Highway Transportation Administration. Las Vegas ranks third out of 32 U.S. metropolitan cities regarding bicyclist fatalities per capita. While highway car accidents decreased across the nation last year, bicyclist accidents increased, reaching 840 bicyclists deaths, the highest number in 25 years.