Share the Road ride hits the streets
For the second year running, Summit County cyclists are hitting the road to spread a message of safety.
After a member of the cycling community was killed last year, it became painfully obvious how important safety for both cyclists and motorists is and a memorial ride was organized. Soon after, Mountain Trails Foundation and various law enforcement agencies decided that it was time to teach bikers and drivers, alike, the rules of the road with the "Share the Road" campaign.
This year, the efforts for a safer bicycling community have come together for the Share the Road/Memorial Ride sponsored by Cole Sport and Mountain Trails on June 4. According to ride organizer Scott "Dude" Dudevoir of Cole Sport, Mountain Trails director Carol Potter was eager to combine forces to help make the community more aware and bike friendly.
Last year, there were T-shirts to promote the ride, but this year, Dudevoir is hoping that the event will speak for itself. The memorial riders will be careful to ride following all traffic rules, and hopefully the large group will show locals how serious they are about safety.
"I do think the word is out there a little bit," Dudevoir said.
Last year, 200 cyclists participated and Dudevoir is hoping that the both the ride and awareness will grow each year.
Thus far, Dudevoir isn’t sure how much the rules are sinking in with both bikers and drivers, but he has noticed a few changes, like many riders traveling the appropriate two abreast and motorists giving cyclists more space on the road.
With bicycle vs. motorist accidents happening every year, the message is not only about saving lives, but making sure people knows the laws and abide by them. The Park City Police, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and the Utah Highway Patrol will all join the ride. They eagerly offered to follow the riders and block off intersections as the group progresses.
"They are more than enthusiastic as far as helping out," Dudevoir said.
Dudevoir is also adamant that this not an anti-automobile endeavor. He wants cyclists to make sure they are following the rules.
"What the ‘Share the Road’ message is on both sides of the road," Dudevoir said. "We need to be aware of one another."
At Cole Sport he has noticed more and more people taking up cycling and Potter reported a large turnout for this year’s "Bike to Work Day," and so he says the need for these safety initiatives is clear.
The Share the Road/Memorial Ride will be held Monday June 4 at 6 p.m. Cyclists wanting to participate should gather at the Park Avenue Cole Sport location at 5:30 p.m. The route is about 15 miles and winds through the Park City area. All ages and abilities are welcome, but must be prepared for the long ride or have a form of transportation to take them back to Cole Sport if they drop out of the ride early.
For more information, call Cole Sport at 649-4806 or visit http://www.mountaintrails.org.
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