Statewide program that aims to build respect between drivers and bicyclists to visit Moab
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A group of 30 road cyclists who are making their way through Utah as part of a multi-faceted educational program will visit Moab on June 6 to help raise awareness about car and bicycle safety.

The visit by “Road Respect: Car & Bike Rules to Live By” will include an opportunity for local cyclists to ride along with the core cycling group, followed by a “Road Respect Rally” aimed at informing drivers and cyclists about safety on the road, organizers said in a news release.

The program aims to increase awareness about the rules of the road pertaining to bicycling and to build respect between the two groups, officials said.

The events in Moab will begin with a bicycle ride at 7 a.m. on June 6. Local cyclists are invited to meet at the Moab Aquatics and Recreation Center at 6:45 a.m. for a ride-along with the group. The ride will conclude at the Swanny City Park pavilion with a Road Respect Rally from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring a mini auto show from a rare local collection.

Activities also include bicycle helmet giveaways for children, a parent and child trail ride and a bike rodeo. The three-mile parent/child guided trail ride leaves Swanny Park at 3:30 p.m. for a tour down Mill Creek Parkway to the Youth Garden Project, where refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.

The Road Respect program was developed by the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Public Safety in response to concerns from both bicyclists and drivers about safety and the behaviors of each group on the road.

“By demonstrating proper cycling behaviors on the road, the Road Respect Tour cyclists serve as positive examples for other cyclists and drivers with the aim of increasing respect among both groups,” organizers said.

The Tour begins in Beaver City on Monday, June 4 and an official campaign kickoff will take place in St. George later that day. For more information about the program or to find out how to join in the ride-along or rally in Moab, contact Mark Griffith at 260-2334 or visit the Road Respect website at RoadRespect.utah.gov.


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