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Huron Approves Forming Cycling Committee

Huron County | by Vanessa Culbert  
Cycling advocate Julie Sawchuk says committee is important step to safer roads.

It's a big step forward for safe cycling along Ontario's West Coast.

Huron County Committee of the Whole has passed a motion recommended by the Huron County Cycling Strategy to create an cycling advisory committee.

Planner Sandra Weber says the committee will look at implementing share the road signage and paved shoulders.

They also look to address distracted driving, and plan cycling routes across the county.

Weber says safe cycling is a big topic not only in Huron County, but across the province.

Cycling advocate Julie Sawchuk says this is the first step of what is to come.

Sawchuk says education is a huge part of this committee.

Sawchuk was rear-ended by a vehicle in July 2015 while biking on Blyth Road, west of Carlow.

She is now paralyzed from the chest down.

Sawchuk stresses the committee looks to implement share the road signage.

The signage will promote a new law which drivers must give cyclists at least one metre when passing.

However, Sawchuk says one metre is not enough.

She says especially when you are passed by a transport truck.

Sawchuk says drivers should be slowing right down when passing and giving a full lane.

The education will also be geared towards cyclists.

Sawchuk says helmet safety and proper times to ride will be talked about across the county.

She says they hope to involve libraries and the health unit on the educational side of the committee.

Sawchuk says with all the biking trails that are being built in Huron County -- including Port to Point and Goderich to Guelph -- we will see more cyclists on the roads.

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