April 23, 2014
Share the Road bicycle safety launch
Oxford County gives a "Thumbs Up!" to Sharing the Road
Oxford County Councillors, members of the Oxford Cycling Advisory Committee and avid cyclists will celebrate the installation of Share the Road signs with an event on Monday, April 28 at the Innerkip Community Centre.
As part of the Share the Road bike safety awareness campaign, entitled “Thumbs Up! Sharing the road for safer travel,” the event is intended to encourage motorists and cyclists alike to give space, be patient, to communicate, be visible and to be predictable.
After opening remarks, the Oxford Cycling Advisory Committee, with other cyclists, will bike around a short circuit past Share the Road signs on Oxford Road 33. Members of the media are invited to bring their bikes and bike helmets to join the ride.
When: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Where: Innerkip Community Centre, 695566 17th Line, Innerkip, Ontario
Who: Remarks by Warden Don McKay, Scott McReynolds, Cycling Committee
Chair, Frank Gross, Public Works, Lorna Boratto, Public Health
Photo Opp: 6:15 p.m. - photo of cyclists and dignitaries with a Share the Road sign
“By working together, our local municipalities have already seen benefits from the Share the Road programs. The added road signage not only contributes to bike safety, but also lessens traffic congestion. Through the bike safe campaign and the signage program, Oxford County will have greater transportation choices, cleaner air, healthier citizens, stronger communities and a higher quality of life.”
- Warden Don McKay , Oxford County
“Residents will now see signs along some County roads reminding them to share the road whether they are a motorist or a cyclist. The Share the Road signs also apply to horse and buggies and farm vehicles – anyone who uses the roads has the same set of rights and responsibilities.”
- Lorna Boratto, Public Health Nurse, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services
Drivers should treat a bicycle as a slow moving vehicle and pass only when the road is clear, giving more than a metre of space between the vehicle and bicycle.
Cyclists have the same rules and same rights as drivers on the road.
When travelling and sharing the road it is important for all users to give space, be patient, to communicate, be visible and to be predictable.
For more cycling safety information go to www.oxfordcounty.ca/Bicyclesafety
The Share the Road initiative began in early 2013 with the establishment of the Cycling Advisory Committee that put forward recommendations to make cycling safer in Oxford County.
The first Share the Road signs were installed in the first week of December 2013. Share the Road signs are now erected on:
County Road 33 from County Road 6 to Innerkip
County Road 4 from Lansdowne to the 16th
County Road 9 from Woodstock to Ingersoll
County Road 20 from HWY 19 to Delmer
Plans are underway for more signs on County and Township roads.
The Cycling Advisory Committee includes representatives from the cycling community, area municipalities, Public Health, Tourism and County Public Works staff.