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‘Don’t be a road hog’

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Eagle County’s trails system has a new campaign to get drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to share the road.

“Roadways in Colorado are open to these three user groups unless specifically prohibited, and conflicts occur due to the different types of use,” says Ellie Caryl, ECO Trails program manager.

The goal of the program, funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation, is to cut down on these conflicts, Caryl said.

The “Don’t Be a Road Hog” campaign will include informational packets and advertising encouraging everyone to share the road and obey the rules, including the following tips:

– Motorists should focus on driving and avoid using cell phones while driving. Keep your eye on cyclists and pedestrians. They have the right to use all roads in Colorado unless expressly prohibited. Keep track of riders and those on foot in your rear and side mirrors and slow down.

– Pedestrians should only cross in crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections. Also, make eye contact with drivers before crossing to ensure they see you. Always walk against traffic.

– Cyclists should ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic laws. To cross at a traffic signal that hasn’t been triggered by a vehicle, go to the sidewalk and press the pedestrian push-button or bike indicator. Ride single file whenever possible.

For additional information regarding this campaign, call Ellie Caryl at (970)328-3523.

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