June 15th, 2011
ROAD RESPECT IS ABOUT SAVING LIVESUncategorized, 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 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.
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.