The addition of cars to the Road Respect Tour illustrates a good point – whether riding or driving, it’s important to show respect by obeying the rules of the road.
Road Respect Tour participants are traveling around the state and seeking to be a positive influence on people who ride and drive. This year, cyclists have been joined by motorists driving replica Shelby Cobras. Some of the Rallies on the Road Respect Tour will feature mini car shows.
While the tour involves bikes and cars, there’s really one group – people. More and more Americans ride and drive for work and for fun. All people deserve to be shown respect, whatever the chosen transportation mode. “That way, everybody wins,” said Col. Daniel Fuhr of the Utah Highway Patrol.
It’s about saving lives
Like many Utahns, Fuhr owns a car and a bicycle and uses both for transportation and recreation. He explained his approach to safe riding and driving at a kick-off event on Sunday, June 3. When riding or driving people need to “have respect for one another,” he explained.
When riding, people need to pay attention, listen to the sounds of the roadway and look out for hazards like pot holes or debris. He urged cyclists to avoid distractions like listening to music.
When driving, people need to give cyclists adequate time to get through an intersection or make a turn, explained Fuhr. Be careful when approaching and never honk, which startles people on bikes.
Fuhr believes it’s important that all road users understand that people who ride and people who drive have the same rights and responsibilities– and without respect “tragedy will occur.”
When you ride:
Your bicycle is considered a vehicle and you have the same rights, rules and responsibilities riding as when you are driving.
Ride like you would drive – communicate with other road users by being predictable. Always make eye contact and signal your intentions prior to turning right, turning left, changing lanes or coming to a stop. Avoid swerving, riding against traffic or ignoring traffic signals and signs.
When you drive:
Watch for bicycles, motorcycles and children in traffic. They are smaller and harder to see than cars or trucks.
Don’t underestimate the speed of a bicyclist. Many cyclists can easily travel at 25-30 miles per hour. Do not pass a bicyclist on a narrow two-lane road when oncoming traffic is near.