The Ottawa Police Service, Safer Roads Ottawa, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, along with National Capital Heavy Construction Association and Citizens for Safe Cycling are encouraging owners of heavy trucks and commercial vehicles to participate in the Stay Safe, Stay Back initiative.
“The Stay Safe, Stay Back campaign enables both cyclists and heavy truck operators to work together to ensure the safety of cyclists on our roads,” said Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road, “by educating and creating awareness for cyclists and heavy truck operators about blind spots and safety.”
The initiative provides free bilingual decals to private sector partners from the heavy trucking industry that can be attached to the backs of their vehicles. “They serve as a reminder for cyclists not to proceed past the back bumper of a heavy vehicle or into their blind spot and for heavy truck operators to keep cyclists in clear view at all times,” said Rob Wilkinson, Coordinator of Safer Roads Ottawa.
“This is a great program,” said Jim Flegg, President of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association. “We have encouraged our members to place decals on their heavy trucks and more and more of them are getting on board.”
Decals can be requested by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 613-580-2424 extension 28064.
This initiative supports the Safer Roads Ottawa Program which is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department, who are committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.