COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
cycling program hopes a new decal will help the state's cyclists
The LWC cycling program recently unveiled a
bicycle-friendly decal that residences and businesses can display.
By displaying the blue-and-white decal, owners of residences and
businesses are making it known that cyclists can ask for help if
needed. A cyclist can approach the residence or business and
request water, shelter or to make an emergency phone call.
"The idea came from some of the people who live along one of our
bike routes," said LWC cycling coach Dave Grigsby. "They came to us and said, 'We
really enjoy having you ride by, and we want to come up with a way
to let the cyclists know that if they need assistance -- such as
water or a phone -- they could stop in and ask us.' We were really
touched by this idea, so we came up with the idea of creating a
decal for them to display."
Proceeds from sales of the decal -- which cost $1 -- support the
LWC cycling program. Individuals who participate in the program can
affix the decals on a residence's mailbox or to a business' window
This is the first program in Kentucky designed to helped
cyclists identify places where they can receive help during an
emergency, according to Grigsby.
In addition to helping cyclists during a time of need, a
business that participates in the program might also help its
bottom line, Grigsby said.
"We truly feel that any business that displays our sticker will
be sending a message to the cyclists in their community that they
are there for them in a time of need, and that the cyclists will
repay that kindness with their shopping loyalty."