The Road Respect program encourages riders and drivers to know the laws and to drive with respect for others.
Both riders and drivers need to know the rules of the road. “When cyclist and motorists both take responsibility to show respect, that makes the most difference,” says Evelyn Tuddenham, UDOT’s Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Tuddenham has responded to numerous calls and email messages from motorists and cyclists who are concerned about road safety. Those calls and messages led Tuddenham to develop the Road Respect program.
The Road Respect tour is the first effort to bring public awareness to the importance of driving and riding together safely. As Road Respect cyclists have traveled across Utah, speakers at events and rallies along the way have emphasized the importance mutual respect. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker summed it up by saying “Everyone on the road needs to have a safe environment.”
Logan Mayor Randy Watts said drivers and riders need to “mellow-out.” Sometimes cyclists and motorists have negative attitudes about sharing the road. Both groups need to realize there should be safe space for all to ride or drive.
Provo Mayor John Curtis pointed out that many people assume that Road Respect means motorists need to mend their ways. He reminded the audience that respect goes both ways – cyclists need to be conscientious about safety too.
Manti Mayor Natasha Madsen cycles “nearly every day” for recreation and exercise. She has observed more people taking up cycling in the last few years. She and Council Member Alan Justesen signed the Road Respect Pledge. Justesen is concerned that motorists are not informed about the rules of the road. “How many automobile drivers know the rules — that’s the question.”
Know the rules — visit the Road Respect website.