The Amherst Police Department originally purchased 100 bicycle taillight kits utilizing funds received from a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Highway Safety Division designed to facilitate pedestrian, bicycle and motor scooter safety. During the fall semester, the Amherst Police Department successfully conducted its first bicycle light distribution initiative.
In addition to the 100 bicycle taillights originally purchased, Emily Silverman, a yoga instructor at Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga in Amherst, MA, and her students have donated an additional 60 bicycle taillight kits to the Amherst Police Department. Ms. Silverman and her students, including Amherst Police Officer Linda Newcomb and Emergency Dispatchers Jess Alvaro and Carly Kinnas, through their generous donation, have demonstrated their support of the bicycle enforcement efforts being conducted by the department and its commitment to the safety of the residents of the Town of Amherst.
In 2009, Amherst Police Officers responded to numerous bicycle accidents including two cyclist fatalities. By improving the visibility of cyclists, we hope to promote the safety of cyclists on our roadways which are shared by both cyclists and motorists alike. To qualify, cyclists need only to provide their name and address to the bicycle patrol officer. Cyclists do not have to reside in Amherst to qualify.