FARMINGTON -- Call it the Tour de Utah, only it's a ride for safety, not speed.
Day one of a five-day, 425-mile bike ride through the entire state wrapped up Monday without a hitch.
The Road Respect Bicycle Tour kicked off Monday morning in Logan with stops in Ogden, Farmington and finally Salt Lake City, wrapping up the Top of Utah leg of the tour.
The tour is part of a multifaceted education program called "Road Respect: Car & Bike Rules to Live By," sponsored by the Utah Department of Transportation.
A group of nearly 30 cyclists from UDOT, the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, local health departments and cycling advocacy groups will eventually make the trek from Logan all the way to Hurricane on Saturday.
UDOT spokeswoman Tania Mashburn said the purpose of the ride is simply to raise awareness about car and bicycle safety.
"It's all about creating an awareness and getting cyclists and motorists alike to look out for each other and follow the rules of the road," she said. "It's not just motorists who have to look for cyclists and follow all the laws. It goes both ways."
On Monday, the group traveled on US-89/91 through southern Cache Valley, over the Sardine Canyon Route to Brigham City, and then into Ogden for a midday rally, then to Farmington for another rally, and finally stopped for the day in Salt Lake City.
Brent Wilite, one of the event's organizers, said although law enforcement was involved with the ride, the cyclists needed no police escort as they pedaled through Weber and Davis county streets.
"They are moving at a pretty good pace and following the rules of the road, so they don't really need one," he said. "They're demonstrating how to ride out on the road properly."
Keri Gibson, who works in the Utah Department of Safety's Highway Safety office, was one of the riders who will go the distance.
About halfway through Day One, at the rally in Farmington, she said things were going well.
"There's been a little bit of rain, but it's been a good ride so far," she said. "We've got some good riders. I am a cyclist at heart, and it's always been an important thing for me both personally and professionally."
Gibson said the cyclists all ride regularly and have a vested interest in raising cycling awareness.
"Our message is pretty simple," she said. "Respect is a two-way street. Both cyclists and motorists need to watch out for each other, respect each other and know the rules of the road."
Today, the group will ride from Salt Lake City to Park City, on to Provo and then to Nephi. On Wednesday, they'll ride through Moroni and Manti, followed by Moab and Dead Horse Point on Thursday, Torrey and Loa on Friday, and wrapping up with Panguitch, Springdale and Hurricane on Saturday.