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SHARE THE ROAD

- Local Cyclists and Motorists Encouraged to Show Better Co-operation by Sharing Space on Area Roadways -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – In a ‘sign’ of the times, provincial police, health officials, and driving and cycling enthusiasts in Kawartha Lakes are encouraging people on bikes and in cars to share the road this summer.

To reinforce the message, more of the yellow Share the Road signs (purchased through an Ontario Ministry of Transportation grant) have been installed along area roadways that are frequently used by cyclists. The signs are one of the more visible parts of the Share the Road campaign, which reminds drivers and cyclists to share space and respect each other’s place on the road. For the second straight year, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Kawartha Cycling Club, and the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment are teaming up to promote the key Share the Road messages.

“Cycling is becoming a more popular pastime and tourist draw in the City of Kawartha Lakes,” notes Lisa Kaldeway, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “That makes it even more important to support safe cycling by ensuring all road users are aware of each other’s rights and responsibilities.”

Just like cars, bikes are considered vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, which means cyclists have the right to ride on public roadways, says Constable Carrie Lanning, of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment. “It puts the legal onus on both motorists and cyclists to share the road and be courteous and respectful of each other,” she adds. “Put simply, it’s a case of: same roads, same rules, and same rights.”

Const. Lanning encourages motorists to be extra watchful when approaching a cyclist. She recommends motorists slow down and give at least one metre clearance when passing a bike, noting too that cars should only pass when the road ahead is clear of oncoming traffic. “Drivers should never honk at a cyclist, and yield to bicyclists when turning,” she adds. “It is also very important for people in cars to check for passing cyclists before opening a vehicle door.”

The responsibility also lies with cyclists to do their part to share the road, says Art Hornibrook, an avid cyclist and member of the Kawartha Cycling Club. “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on our roads, and that means cyclists using care and caution by obeying all traffic laws, signs and signals,” he notes.

Cyclists are further encouraged to always bike on the right with traffic, signal all turns, ride straight in a predictable manner, use a properly-fitting bike helmet, and be visible by wearing bright colours and using lights in the early evening and night.

For more tips and information about the Share the Road safety campaign, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2207, or visit the websites belonging to the Kawartha Cycling Club or Share the Road organization.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Constable Carrie Lanning, City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Detachment, (705) 324-6741,

or Art Hornibrook, Vice-President, Kawartha Cycling Club, (705) 887-1449,

or Lisa Kaldeway, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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