Utah’s statewide car / bike safety campaign, “Road Respect, Cars & Bikes Rules to Live By,” has announced its 2012 bicycle tour route and event locations.
“Road Respect, Cars & Bikes Rules to Live By,” is a grassroots campaign designed to raise awareness and improve interactions between bicyclists and drivers on Utah’s roads. The centerpiece of the campaign is a six-day 509-mile bicycle tour across the state featuring Road Respect Rallies and Stops in cities and towns along the way. The tour and events will take place June 4-9.
This year’s Road Respect Tour includes a ride through Iron and Washington Counties, a ride along US 89 from Panguitch to Richfield, a day ride from Moab to Dead Horse Point and back, exploration of local routes near Vernal, and a two-day stint from Park City to Provo and northward through the Wasatch Front.
Cities and Towns hosting Road Respect Rallies and Stops include Beaver, Cedar City, St. George, Panguitch, Richfield, Moab, Vernal, Park City, Orem, Alpine, Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Harrisville, Uintah, Riverdale City, Ogden, Brigham City and Logan.
The Road Respect Tour is a moving billboard that demonstrates safe road bicycling in Utah. This year’s Road Respect Riders include 30 bicyclists representing law enforcement, public safety, transportation and bicycle advocacy who believe in and promote the Road Respect message of mutual respect between cars and bikes. Local cyclists are invited to join the Road Respect Riders along their route and ride with them into any Road Respect event.
Road Respect Rallies are family events planned by the community that provide entertaining ways to learn about safe bicycling and respect on the road. Activities include bike helmet giveaways, bike rodeos, neighborhood street and trail rides, and other activities that encourage safe bicycling. Some of this year’s Rallies will stimulate positive interaction between bicyclists and drivers by featuring mini car shows. Road Respect Stops are pauses along the Tour Route where the Road Respect Riders meet with community and local officials.
The Road Respect campaign is sponsored by the Utah Department of Public Safety and Bike Utah in cooperation with the Utah Department of Transportation. For more information go to RoadRespect.utah.gov.