New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) is proud to recognize New York State University Police Officer Robert Light, a police officer at SUNY Plattsburgh, as the recipient of our 2013 Law Enforcement Bicycling Champion award.
NYBC will presented the award to Officer Light on Tuesday, May 21 at Lake Placid Elementary School (Essex County), as part of the Fun on Wheels program where Officer Light and other cyclists ride to elementary schools in Essex and Clinton counties to distribute and fit helmets for 2nd and 3rd grade students.
“For the better part of the past twenty years Officer Light has been working diligently to enhance bicycle safety and he is certainly a Bike Champion,” said Jerry Lottie, Assistant Chief of Police at SUNY Plattsburgh, in his nomination of Officer Light for the award.
Among his many accomplishments in promoting bicycle safety, Officer Light has been a driving force behind the development of the SUNY Plattsburgh police bike patrol program, and has promoted the program by leading Police Mountain Bike trainings for hundreds of police officers statewide.
After recovering from his own serious bicycle crash, Officer Light uses the experience to educate kids across the North Country on bicycle safety. Working with Safe Kids Adirondack, Officer Light initiated bicycle safety education and helmet fitting programs that benefit hundreds of students at local elementary schools. He has also raised thousands of dollars for national charities through his bike rides and rallies.
“These programs are a tremendous benefit to our communities,” said Kerry Haley, Co-chair of Safe Kids Adirondack. “We are reaching hundreds of kids every year to make sure they are riding safely, and thanks to Officer Light, we are saving lives.” Ms. Haley also endorsed Officer Light for the annual NYBC Bicycling Champion award.
New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) is the only statewide organization advocating for the rights of all bicyclists and pedestrians, and promoting the safe use of the bicycle and walking as modes of transportation, sport,recreation, health, environmental protection, energy conservation, tourism and economic development.
“NYBC is committed to improving safety for bicyclists of all ages and abilities, which we can only do with the help of dedicated Bicycle Champions like Officer Light. We are proud to give him the recognition he deserves for his notable achievements in bicycle safety.”
- Josh Wilson, Executive Director of New York Bicycling Coalition.