Road Respect bicycle safety tour returns to St. George

ST GEORGE – A group of 30 road cyclists, making their way through Utah as part of a multifaceted educational program, “Road Respect: Car and Bike Rules to Live By,” will visit St. George Friday to help raise awareness about car and bicycle safety.

The Road Respect visit in St. George includes 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. The goal of the program is to increase awareness about the rules of the road pertaining to bicycling and to build respect between the two groups.

In an average year in Utah, six bicyclists are killed and nearly 850 are involved in crashes with motor vehicles. “Road Respect” is a grassroots safety campaign that aims to educate drivers and cyclists about the rules of the road and encourage mutual respect so that everyone gets home safely. The events in Southern Utah will be the first of many throughout the state.

The Road Respect events in St. George begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with a bicycle ride. Local cyclists are invited to meet at Town Square at 5 p.m. for a ride-along with the Road Respect core cycling group. The group will then meet up with families and individuals at the Riverside Trailhead at 5:15 p.m. to ride on the Virgin River trail to the newly remolded Crosby Family Confluence Park. The ride will conclude at Crosby Confluence Family Park with a Road Respect Rally starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring a Road Respect Proclamation from Mayor Dan McArthur.

Other highlights of the event will include a youth bike rodeo, bicycle registration with the St. George Police Department, bike theme games, bike education, trail information and bike event information sponsored by local bicycle shops. Local scouts are encouraged to attend and work on their cycling merit badge class. The event is free of charge, and the entire community is invited to attend.

To learn more about the Road Respect program, or to find out how you can join in the ride-along or Road Respect Rally in St. George contact Monty Thurber at 627-4060 or visit the Road Respect website at RoadRespect.utah.gov.

Event details

  • When: May 31, 2013, begins at 5 p.m. | ends at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Begin at St. George Town Square, Main Street, St. George | Rally at Crosby Family Confluence Park, 1850 S. Convention Center Drive
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Monty Thurber  – telephone 435-627-4060

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