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28
06
2019

Omniva bicycle trip passes Hiiumaa

The bicycle trip with nearly 100 participants titled “I want to ride safely” will go along the roads of Hiiumaa on 28 and 29 June. In total, nearly 180 km of Hiiumaa roads will be ridden on, the bikers will also visit local producers and small businesses.

The aim of the bicycle trip is to point out bicycles in traffic and make car drivers consider other vehicle operators too. This year, 95 traffic accidents involving people on bicycles have happened in Estonia, injuring 92 and killing 2 bikers. Last year, the number of accidents involving people was 239, the number of injured bikers was 229 and 4 people unfortunately died.

As of 2003, seven traffic accidents with bicycles and involving people have been registered in Hiiumaa, as a result one person died and six have been injured. From 2015 to 2018, each year, there has been one accident involving a biker in Hiiumaa. Most accidents happen after a collision with a motorised vehicle.

Added value for Hiiumaa residents – Have your bicycle checked!

On Friday, 28 June, between 9:00 and 10:00, locals of Kärdla can have their bicycles inspected for free to make sure the vehicles meet the legal requirements. In collaboration with the Police and Border Guard Board, the specialists check if the bicycles are road-safe and have all the necessary accessories such as lamps, bells and reflectors. If necessary, Falck road assistance mechanics will fix smaller issues on site.

Hiiumaa rural municipality mayor Reili Rand starts the bicycle trip on 28 June at 10:00, at the Kärdla town square. The organisers and the police ask for heightened attention and reduced driving speed from all drivers on Hiiumaa roads over the two days, as the large group of bikers affects normal traffic.

All 94 bicycle trip participants wear a helmet and brightly coloured clothes to be role models and also visible to other drivers.

The trip is organised by the Omniva sports club with Falck Roadside Assistance, Regio, Police and Border Guard Board and AS Eesti Coca-Cola HBC.
 

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