Whether you’re a driver, a pedestrian or a cyclist – and most of us in Ontario are a combination of all of these – safety and respect for one another on the road is something we should all be aware of.
To mark the approaching end of cycling season this long weekend (no doubt many of us will want to turn those bike peddles and work off that Thanksgiving turkey), the Ontario Trucking Association has produced a smart and fun new internet video to educate truckers and cyclists about looking out for each other and help them share the road more safely.
The witty video – titled Trucks ’n Bikes: Sharing the Road – is a great visual resource for road users, students, teachers, governments , safety and public service groups, community centres – as well as car, bike and truck clubs and associations – and anyone else who wants to learn about truck/bike safety and raise awareness.
It features Thomson Terminals driver and charismatic OTA Road Knight Mike Paolozzi, paired with his avid-cyclist alter ego. Together, they provide visually animated pointers on traffic awareness, intersection positioning, blind spots and collision avoidance, such as: ‘The Blind Date’, ‘The Right Cross’, and of course, ‘The Rear-End.’
“Undoubtedly, there are concerns about traffic and space voiced by each and every road user and pedestrian – especially in big cities like Toronto. The fact is that most of us drive as well as ride bikes and we should be looking out for each other,” says OTA President David Bradley. “We think this video will help cyclists better understand trucks and how to behave around them while also reminding professional drivers to be vigilant around the most vulnerable road users.”
Added Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation: “The Ontario Government remains committed to keeping our roads the safest in North America for all users of the road. It is a team effort and I commend the Ontario Trucking Association for their leadership on this safe driving and cycling video.”
Be sure to share share the video on social media with friends, family and colleagues.