The time is now to Share the Road
When Robin Valline was hit broadside by a car while riding his bike in late June, the local biking community realized it was time.
Park City had already lost William Corliss to a bike versus motorist accident just months before and Valline lay in a hospital bed with months of healing and therapy ahead of him. The community could no longer afford to wait to educate the public on road biking safety.
Thus, the Share the Road Rally was planned. The event, which will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at Miner’s Hospital, will bring together the Park City Police Department, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Department of Transportation, various government officials and cycling experts to educate both bikers and motorists alike on necessary safety precautions.
"I think everyone saw Robin’s accident as a turning point," said Share the Road Rally organizer Marianne Cone.
Mountain Trails Foundation executive director and Share the Road Committee member Carol Potter says much of the time will be devoted to teaching the public about the rules and laws associated with road riding.
"I don’t think a lot of people know all of the rules," Potter said. "This is a way to educate our cyclists and our motorists."
Presentations on how to properly signal, fix a broken wheel and other topics will be offered. The police will even bring a copy of a sample citation for not obeying bike-related traffic laws. Well-known bikers like Young Riders coach Tom Noaker and White Pine’s Charlie Sturgis as well as some riders associated with the Tour of Utah are slated to talk to the public about their personal experiences and tips for making riding more safe and enjoyable.
"We’re hoping a whole lot of cyclists will show up," Cone said. "We have to share the road."
Cone says that a similar initiative has taken place in Moab and she hopes that other biking towns like Salt Lake will follow their lead and continue to educate the public on biking safety and bike-related laws for both cyclists and motorists. She says that in general, it seems that most cyclists are already fairly defensive in their riding technique, but hopes that her efforts will encourage motorists to be more aware of laws and of other people that share the road.
"Share the Road" themed T-shirts and window stickers will be available at the rally as well a suggestion box for further bike safety efforts. The event will also include food, beverages and music.
For more information, call 649-6839 visit http://www.mountain trails.org.
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