It's one of those lessons we all learned early on in life, like sharing is good. When you give respect, you get respect. And nowhere is that more true than on Utah's roads, where drivers and cyclists meet in potentially life-threatening situations thousands of times a day. The Road Respect program is dedicated to promoting safety by educating both drivers and cyclists about the rules of the road and encouraging mutual respect so that everyone gets home safely.
In August 2011, following the launch of the Road Respect program, a statewide survey showed that 43% of respondents were aware of the program. Of those respondents, 96% were aware of the Road Respect message, demonstrating the program's significant impact after just one year. We look forward to seeing a continued positive influence on cyclists and drivers this year.
THE 2014 ROAD RESPECT TOUR
To encourage safe cycling and to promote positive interactions between bicyclists and drivers, the Utah Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol and Zero Fatalities and Bike Utah hosted the 4th Annual Road Respect Tour during May and June, 2014.
The Tour carried the Road Respect message from southern to northern Utah as a core group of 30 Road Respect Riders and a small contingency of classic Cobra cars traveled Utah's roads to encourage bicycling, demonstrate obedience to the law, and show proper car/bicycling etiquette. As they moved from town to town, the Road Respect Riders joined with the public to participate in community rides for all ages and abilities, and Road Respect Rallies with fun activities. Many of the Road Respect events featured mini car shows to attract automobile enthusiasts and encourage interaction between drivers and bicyclists.
Members of the public were invited to join the Road Respect rides listed here. Each rider was required wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road. Riders were responsible for their own transportation before and after the ride, along with lodging (if needed) and were required to sign a waiver of responsibility before riding.
The 2014 Road Respect Tour was a great success. We appreciate all who participated and encourage every road user to take responsibility and choose safety and respect first.
2014 Road Respect Tour Dates
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