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BICYCLE RIDE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF STATE’S NEW 3-FOOT LAW

Bicycle rides to raise awareness of a new state law aimed at protecting bicyclists on Nevada’s roadways are set for Saturday at three valley locations.

The event, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in partnership with Las Vegas Cyclery, GB Henderson Education and Public Pedal, will promote the 3-Foot Law and celebrate May as Bike Month. The 3-Foot Law requires that when passing a cyclist on the road, drivers must give at least 3 feet of space between their cars and any passing bicyclists. In addition, cars should move over one lane when possible.

The 3-Foot Law Awareness Ride will feature three routes:

The GB Henderson Education five-mile beginner ride is scheduled to leave at 8:15 a.m. from the RTC’s administration building at 660 S. Grand Central Parkway, No. 350, and head to the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., where bicyclists will participate in a free interactive experience and a viewing of "SPACE: A Journey to Our Future."

The 15-mile intermediate ride is set to leave from the RTC’s administration building at 8 a.m. and head to the commission’s Westcliff Transit Center and Park & Ride, 25 S. Durango Drive.

The 30-mile advanced ride is slated to leave the RTC’s administration building at 7:30 a.m. and head to Desert Foothills Drive in Summerlin.

All three rides are free and are set to end at 10:30 a.m. at the RTC Bike Center at the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave., where GB Henderson Education plans a Safe Bike Fest from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring a bike rodeo, gold sprints and informational booths.

Cyclists interested in participating should RSVP to flothr@rtcsnv.com or call 676-1915.

PERMIT AMNESTY PROGRAM AIMED AT HELPING HOMEOWNERS

The city of Las Vegas is offering a homeowner permit amnesty program during Building Safety Month in May.

Any homeowners who have done unauthorized work on their properties can pull the proper permits without incurring any additional penalties or double fees, the city said.

Garage conversions, patio cover installations, water heaters or water softeners or other remodeling work requires a city permit.

In related news, the city is scheduled to host a homeowners’ forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today on the first floor of the city Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Drive. Homeowners with permit questions will be able to meet with permit technicians and building inspectors to gain a better understanding of the process.

The Development Services Center provides a one-stop shop for the development community, housing offices for the planning department, business licensing, the building and safety department, land development, city engineering, fire prevention, public works and operations and maintenance.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK INSTALLED ON JONES BOULEVARD

A pedestrian crosswalk was recently installed at the intersection of Jones Boulevard and Heather Mist Lane in the city of Las Vegas’ Ward 5, just south of Cheyenne Avenue. A pedestrian signal was installed for the safety of seniors who live in a nearby senior complex, City Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow said.

The section of Jones Boulevard is state roadway and is maintained by the Nevada Department of Transportation.

BRADLEY ROAD CLOSES AT NORTHERN LAS VEGAS BELTWAY

Bradley Road closed in both directions April 22 at the northern Las Vegas Beltway, according to Clark County. A bridge is scheduled to be built at the site to carry Bradley Road over the Las Vegas Beltway, county officials said.

The new bridge is expected to open by fall 2013.

The bridge is part of a $116 million Las Vegas Beltway widening and improvement project. Las Vegas Paving is contracted to complete the work, which is expected to be finished by summer 2014. Atkins is providing the Construction Management services for Clark County.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SHREDDED FREE DURING Saturday EVENT

Residents can have their unwanted documents destroyed during a free shredding event planned for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.

The limit is five boxes per vehicle.

For more information, call 229-6154 or visit lasvegasnevada.gov/ward6.

FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSTALLATIONS INSPECTIONS SET FOR Saturday

Clark County families can have their child-safety seats installed and inspected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Audi Henderson, 7740 Eastgate Road.

The event, put on by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Audi Henderson and Safe Kids Clark County, will feature certified child-safety seat inspectors who will provide installations and inspections and demonstrate proper usage and installation for attendees.

Child-safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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