June 15th, 2011

ROAD RESPECT IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES

Uncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.

The Road Respect Program stresses important Rules to Live By – laws that govern how motorists and cyclists share the road. Like other Zero Fatalities programs, Road Respect promotes choices that save lives.

Gary Peirce signs his name to the Road Respect Pledge Board.

Gary Peirce knows first hand about the importance of obeying laws. Ten years ago, his wife Judy was killed when a driver swerved while reaching for a fallen cell phone. “It’s personal, real personal,” he explains. He joined the tour in Park City and now is very concerned about road safety.  Judy’s death changed lives forever. Gary believes that sometimes non-cyclists don’t see cyclist as someone they can relate to. He hopes that by sharing his family’s story, others may adopt attitudes that are more safety oriented.

Road Respect Tour has used a good dose of fun to convey the underlying serious message, thanks to a variety of supporters who have helped at events along the route.

Cyclist arrive in Provo

First and foremost are the 25 elite riders who demonstrate Road Respect as they ride through Utah. Their participation in the tour is bringing a lot of attention to safe riding rules. If yu are a motorist, motorist or both, you need to know the rules of the road. Visit the Road Respect website for more information.

Carolyn Shugart met the tour at the first stop in Logan. She’s the wellness coordinator at Utah State University. Keeping students and faculty “happy, healthy and balanced” is her job. Having balance is achieved by including a combination of activities in one’s life – work, play, exercise, community engagement – that’s what keeps people feeling well, whole and in touch with the world. Cycling can be a part of achieving balance.

Salt Lake City Bicycle Patrol Officers came to the Sugar House Event with a mobile bike rodeo designed to teach kids how to ride safely. Kids took turns riding bikes donated by Wal-Mart and riding through an obstacle course. Residents of Salt Lake City can request a bike rodeo by calling 801 799-3000.

 

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Responses to “ROAD RESPECT IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES”

  1. Road Respect is a great Program

  2. Wow, it seems like the more and more I read about car accidents it all ties into some kind of cell phone use while driving. I do know that it can be difficult to see bikers sometimes.

  3. I almost got hit by a car while on a bike. That person was on a cell phone too. They actually got pulled over by a police right after it happened. Hopefully they got a ticket because things could have been really bad.

  4. I appreciate this program, we should all respect and follow this program to avoid road accidents. Thanks for sharing such a useful information.

  5. Do you have any more information on the Zero Fatalities program or anything similar?

  6. Visit the Zero website for more information.

    Catherine Higgins at November 1, 2011 7:39 pm
  7. See the Zero Fatalities website.

    Catherine Higgins at November 7, 2011 5:31 pm
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