Bik­ers are back – be be care­ful! care­ful!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

The sec­ond edi­tion of the suc­cess­ful Faisons équipe et parta­geons la route cam­paign is now un­der­way, the cam­paign that aims to in­form driv­ers of ve­hi­cles as well as bi­cy­clists about safety rules of the road. This cam­paign is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in the East­ern Town­ships since the re­gion, with its beau­ti­ful vis­tas and wind­ing roads, is be­com­ing a tourist des­ti­na­tion for more bi­cy­clists ev­ery year and is the re­gion of choice for ‘cy­clo­tourists’ who spend an av­er­age of $175 a day while va­ca­tion­ing here. Ac­tu­ally, more than $32 mil­lion is in­jected into our econ­omy an­nu­ally by these tourists, ex­plain­ing why Tourisme Can­tons de l’Est has asked the min­istry of Trans­port to pave more of the soft shoul­ders in the re­gion.

Que­bec’s road safety code stip­u­lates that: bik­ers must ride in sin­gle file on the right side of the road in the same direc­tion as the traf­fic; that driv­ers must leave a safe space be­tween their ve­hi­cle and the bik­ers, 1 me­tre on paved roads and 1.5 me­tres on gravel roads, when pass­ing cy­clists; and driv­ers may cross over a con­tin­u­ous line on the road, when it is safe, when pass­ing cy­clists.

In Estrie, be­tween 2005 and 2010, 343 cy­clists were in­volved in ac­ci­dents with four deaths. In the year 2010 alone, there were 56 ac­ci­dents with one death and four badly in­jured.

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