bikes by roadUtah’s 3rd annual Road Respect Tour has been working its way up the state and will be in Utah, Salt Lake, and Weber counties later this week. As more and more people join Utah’s roads, both in cars and on bikes, education about proper interactions between riders and drivers is becoming more important than ever. The tour is not about assigning blame to one party or the other, it is all about teaching the rules and teaching respect when it comes to sharing the road.

The tour consists of 30 official riders and a caravan of classic cobra cars that will be used to demonstrate safe and proper car and bicycle etiquette. They invite the public to come out and share a ride with them. All skill levels and ages are invited to come, they just ask that you wear a helmet and obey all the rules of the road. Some of the stops even feature small car shows so automobile enthusiasts can join in the fun and become part of the conversation.

This Thursday, (June 13th) the ride will be at the Central Utah Loop in Provo. Friday’s event will be at the Valley Loop Ride in Salt Lake, and the tour will conclude with a final ride at the Loop Ride in Ogden. You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging, but it is a short fun ride that will help you become a safer cyclist and driver.

UTA is also providing free transportation for all of the northern Utah events, and you can get your free FrontRunner passĀ here. Numbers are limited, so if you want one of these, get them quickly.

We here at Christensen and Hymas are proud to be a sponsor of a great event that is all about promoting safety. Education is usually the safest piece of equipment you can take with you when biking or driving. Learning the proper rules keep you and those around you safer and will get everyone to their destination faster. Whether you attend the event or not, we also recommend reading the Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook, written by our own Ken Christensen, all about Utah bicycle laws and what to do if an accident happens. You can call us at 801-506-0800 to request a free copy.