A reminder to Share the Road

On Sunday September 23, the seventh annual Share the Road for Greg Ride will take place in Halton Region.  The ride celebrates the memory of OPP Sgt. Greg Stobbart, who was struck by a vehicle while cycling on Tremaine Road.  This event does a great job to raise awareness about cycling safety in Halton Region and communities across Canada.

The Share the Road ride departs from Kelso Conservation Area.  Ride distances are 30 km, 50 km and 100 km.

Halton’s Share the Road Program aims to educate all road and path users including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists about road safety and helps remind both cyclists and drivers that they have a responsibility to obey the rules of the road.

In 2002, Halton Region installed “Share the Road” signs at various places in our road network to help raise motorist awareness of popular cycling routes, particularly in rural areas.

Recently, Halton Region updated the Cycling in Halton map.  This easy-to use map not only includes a bird’s eye view of the entire Region, but also recommends seven loop rides with suggested routes that include urban areas and nearby scenic, rural roads suitable for cycling.  With over 300 kilometres of Regional roads we are working hard to ensure that cars and cyclists can share the road.

Halton has also started to develop its first Active Transportation Master Plan to develop the required strategy, infrastructure, initiatives and programs that will make it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton.  Visit the website and provide your input help us build a better Halton.

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