July 20, 2007 (THUNDER BAY) – Who is responsible for bicycle-motor vehicle collisions – motorists or cyclists? In Ontario, one-half of these accidents are the result of cyclist errors such as ignoring traffic signs or failing to signal; the other half is from motorist mistakes such as inattention and distraction.
In Canada, 7,500 cyclists are seriously injured each year. In Ontario alone, nearly 1,400 cyclists are hospitalized for their injuries. Seven to ten times that number is treated in emergency rooms. Cyclists and motorists will ride side-by-side through the streets of Thunder Bay showing how both groups can Share the Road safely.
The pubic and media are invited to attend an information session, photo opportunity and safe side-by-side ride starting at Forest Park Public School (270 Windsor Street) Monday, July 23, 2007 at 10:00 am.
“Both cyclists and motorists have a part to play in this”, says Marita Campbell, Public Health Nurse working in Injury Prevention at Thunder Bay District Health Unit. “Motorists need to know that bicycles are vehicles too and so have the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road. Cyclists need to know and follow the rules of the road, giving the message that they belong there and are going to share the road in a predictable and courteous way, just as they expect motorists to do.”
Share the Road is a community-based program dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of both drivers and cyclists regarding their individual responsibilities when sharing the roads of Thunder Bay. The Thunder Bay Community Traffic Awareness Committee (CTAC), working in partnership with Thunder Bay District Health Unit and sponsored by Ontario Ministry of Transportation, will host this event as part of their education campaign.
More information regarding Share the Road is available at www.tbdhu.com.
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