OLD TOWN – This time of year, the sun rises later and sets earlier.
Officials in the city of Old Town are starting a new program aimed at protecting pedestrians and others who may be outside when it’s dark out.
City officials are now offering free safety vests for Old Town residents who walk, jog or bike.
It’s part of the “WALK SAFE OLD TOWN” initiative, which was started to increase the visibility of people near the city’s roadways.
“Look, we’re all Mainers. We don’t go inside and hide from the winter,” said Old Town’s assistant city manager Travis Roy. “They want to get outside and get their exercise or their air. We thought maybe if we could offer these traffic vests, make a point about how much safer you can be, it would get people talking about it and make a safer environment for them.”
The vests are available on a first come, first serve basis. Most adult sizes are available.
To pick one up, stop by city hall in Old Town Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.