LAS VEGAS (November 28, 2017) – Skye Canyon, the 1,700-acre master-planned community in northwest Las Vegas, presented the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition (SNVBC) with a $15,000 donation today in celebration of Giving Tuesday. The contribution is to support the non-profit’s More Space! Keep it Safe, Nevada public awareness campaign that has a goal of achieving zero collisions between motorists and pedestrians or cyclists.
As part of its donation, Olympia Companies, developer of Skye Canyon, included the use of its billboard on the south I-15 Interstate, north of the St. Rose Pkwy. exit. The location is expected to enable the More Space! message to reach 2,000,000 motorists in a one-month period.
The presentation took place at Skye Center at 11 a.m. Keely Brooks, president of the SNVBC, accepted the donation from Chris Armstrong, vice president of development of Olympia Companies and Marketing Manager Desiree Van Leer. Others in attendance were representatives from Nevada Department of Transportation, Three Feet for Pete, and Starved Raccoon who provided grants to help launch the More Space! initiative.
The donation makes Skye Canyon a gold-level sponsor of the More Space! initiative and funds will be used to educate drivers of Nevada’s 3-Feet Passing law and remind cyclists and pedestrians about road safety.
“Pedestrian and cyclist safety is a priority for Skye Canyon, which is why we included bike lanes and working trials throughout our community. Supporting the More Space! initiative is a way for us to expand on our community’s values and have a positive impact on Las Vegas,” said Armstrong who is an avid cyclist. “Along with the Coalition, we want to see Las Vegas as one of our country’s top “bike-friendly” cities. We commend the work that Brooks and her team are doing to reach zero collisions on Las Vegas’ roads.”
Since its 2016 opening, Skye Canyon has served many Las Vegas non-profits through its Skye Serves program.
“The More Space! initiative was created to save lives, and gifts like the one from Skye Canyon make it possible for the SNVBC to do that,” said Brooks. “The number one reason why people don’t cycle is that they don’t feel safe. This donation will be used to educate the public on road safety and provide cyclists with the confidence to ride their bike in Las Vegas.”
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, Las Vegas has the third highest rate of bike fatalities per capita in the U.S. Nevada’s 3-Feet Passing law (NRS 484B.270) states that motorists passing a bicycle must move into an adjacent lane to the left, if possible. If not, the motorist must pass with at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle. The law went into effect on October 1, 2011. Motorists may be charged with reckless driving if they are at-fault in any collision with a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Penalties include a fine with or without a driver license suspension. (NRS 484B.280).
In its sixth year, it is estimated that Giving Tuesday had over 1.6 million companies participate raising over 177,000,000 dollars for non-profits around the globe.
For more information about Skye Canyon, visit www.skyecanyon.com.
About Skye Canyon
Skye Canyon is a 1,700-acre master-planned community in Northwest Las Vegas located on US Highway 95 at Skye Canyon Park Drive. Offering entry-level, move-up and luxury neighborhoods for individuals, couples, families and active adults who share a passion for outdoor activities, wellness and immersive living, it is the first master-planned community to break ground in Las Vegas in nearly a decade. Skye Canyon includes unique amenities like Skye Canyon Park that features Skye Center, the community’s social hub with an open-air bistro and indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and Skye Fitness, a state-of-the-art workout facility and outdoor junior Olympic size swimming pool that is exclusive for residents. Among the many other amenities offered are designated bike lanes and an extensive network of hiking and walking trails. Shopping, office space, and gaming will be offered at Skye Canyon, which at build-out will include 9,000 home sites.
Skye Canyon is a product of leading developer Olympia Companies, joined by Stonehill Capital Management and Spectrum Group Management LLC. For more information visit www.skyecanyon.com or connect with Skye Canyon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Pinterest.