Salt Lake City

'Road Respect' Tour to Host Festival, Community Rides at Liberty Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659


'Road Respect' Tour to Host Festival, Community Bike Rides in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – On Friday, June 14, the annual Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Road Respect tour will arrive in Salt Lake City for a series of community bicycling events.
 
The Road Respect Fest and Community celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on the lawn at The Church at Liberty Park, 662 E. 1300 South.  Attractions include demonstration bikes, a prize drawing and bicycle flashers for all participants.  The raffle will include bicycle lights, bicycle pumps, ski passes, gift certificates and bicycle jerseys, among other prizes.
 
At 6:30 p.m., Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa and Salt Lake County Government Relations Director Jeremy Keele will speak and accept Utah’s first “Road Respect Community” designations for Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.
 
Following the speeches, community members are invited to join a mellow bicycle tour highlighting the new Cycle the City route, a ride of about 5 miles starting at 7 p.m. from the event site. Salt Lake Bike Party, a monthly family fun ride that follows the rules of the road while promoting bicycling as a fun way to travel, will join this tour.
 
The Road Respect program is a UDOT campaign aimed at raising awareness and improving interactions between people bicycling and driving on Utah's roads.  
 
“As bicyclists, we need consideration from motorists and safe space on the roads we ride,” said Road Respect tour co-organizer and rider Tara McKee. “We also realize, as bicyclists, that we need to follow the rules and show consideration to drivers to promote positive attitudes and replace hostility with respect and understanding.”
 
For more information, visit http://www.roadrespect.utah.gov/. All events are free and open to the public.
 
 
EVENT:                Road Respect Festival and Press Event
 
WHO:                   Salt Lake City Council Chairman Kyle LaMalfa
                            Salt Lake County Government Relations Director Jeremy Keele
 
 WHEN:                Friday, June 14
                             6:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:               The Church at Liberty Park  (across from the southeast corner of Liberty Park)
                             662 E. 1300 South