Motorists cautioned to watch for cyclists


Tour de Donut, Rock the Bike events set for weekend

Staff Reports

TROY — Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak along with the Tour De Donut organizers, and staff of the city of Troy and the Troy Police Department, want to advise motorists to use caution while traveling on the east side of Miami County — primarily the Staunton, Lost Creek, Springcreek, Elizabeth, Bethel and Brown township roadways — between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

On Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., the 10th annual Tour De Donut bicycle riding event — making its inaugural mark in Troy — will start on the Public Square in Troy and head out to the east side of Miami County. There are expected to be 2,500-3,000 riders of all ages participating in this event that starts and ends in the city of Troy, according to Duchak. The route for the event encompasses many of the county and township roads and crosses state routes in nine areas, he said. Complete maps of the event routes are available on the maps tab of www.thetourdedonut.com.

The event route is an open course, which requires all cyclists and motorists to obey the traffic laws. Deputies may elect to block traffic for short periods to allow safe crossing for large numbers of cyclists, he said.

“Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention for cyclists that will be sharing the roadway. As always you should not engage in distracted driving while operating a vehicle and keep your attention focused on driving your vehicle,” Duchak said. “Practice defensive driving techniques by looking ahead and being prepared for any problems that may occur.”

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will have extra deputies working during the event to help maintain safety, according to Duchak. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been notified and will be patrolling the streets and roadways and also enforcing traffic laws, he said. Deputies will be present at key intersections along the routes to assist motorists and cyclists alike. Fire and rescue units will also be patrolling on the route to assist with any emergency that might arise, he said.

“We thank the citizens in Miami County and the affected townships for their patience and helping us make this a safe and enjoyable event for everyone,” Duchak said.

Tour de Donut, Rock the Bike events set for weekend