A group of elite road cyclists, making their way from southern Utah to northern Utah as part of a multi-faceted educational program, “Road Respect: Car & Bike Rules to Live By,” will visit Kanab on May 30 to help raise awareness about car and bicycle safety. The rally is free of charge, and the entire community is invited to attend.

The Road Respect visit in Kanab includes an opportunity for local cyclists to ride along with the core cycling group to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and Angel Canyon at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Both rides will leave from the Visitor Center located at 78 S. 100 E. in Kanab.

The rides will be followed by a “Road Respect Rally,” featuring fun activities aimed at informing drivers and cyclists about safety on the road and a kid’s Bicycle Rodeo.

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.

The Road Respect program is a part of the Zero Fatalities program and was developed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS). It was created in response to concerns from both bicyclists and drivers about safety and the behaviors of each group on the road. It includes a multi-media campaign and features the Road Respect Bike Tour, with 30 cyclists from UDOT, DPS, other state agencies and bicycle advocacy groups biking through the state.

By demonstrating proper cycling behaviors on the road, the Road Respect Tour cyclists serve as positive examples for other cyclists and drivers with the aim of increasing respect among both groups.

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 Kanab contact Lara Clayson at (801) 916-8269 or visit the Road Respect website at RoadRespect.utah.gov.