Share the road and the responsibility.
Top ten tips for making
our roads safer.
1) Obey all traffic lights and stop signs.
2) Wear protective headgear and have a white front light and a red rear lights for night riding and riding during poor visibility.
3) Use hand signals to notify motorists that you intend to turn right, left or stop.
4) Use bike lanes whenever possible and when one does not exist, ride on the far right of the curb lane.
5) When riding over painted roadways or streetcar tracks, especially in damp or wet conditions, slow down and take extra precautions. These surfaces can be very slick and cause you to crash.
6) Slow down and prepare your bike to stop as you approach all hidden driveways and blind corners.
7) Wear bright colours, and make yourself visible to all motorists and pedestrians.
8) Avoid wearing earbuds or other headphones while you ride so that you can be fully aware of the traffic flow and obstacles around you.
9) Maintain a steady path in the road and avoid swerving back and forth. If an obstacle appears in your path, it is better to stop before it than attempt to swerve left into traffic to avoid it.
10) Do not ride on the sidewalks. If you have to leave the road for any reason, walk your bike on the sidewalk then remount once you are back on the road or bike lane.
1) Check your right blind-spot before turning right.
2) When exiting your parked vehicle, check behind your vehicle before opening your door.
3) When approaching a cyclist on a road that does not have a bike lane, slow down and attempt to pass with as much space as possible.
4) Before turning left, look a bit further down the oncoming road to see if there are any cyclists approaching the intersection.
5) When turning right on a road that includes a bike lane, stay in your car lane. Blocking the bike lane could force cyclists onto the sidewalk or road.
6) When approaching a cyclist from behind, do not honk or flash your lights to alert them to your presence. Noises or flashes of this nature can cause some cyclists to become startled or even crash.
7) Do not idle or park in a bike lane.
8) When exiting the drivers side of a vehicle, use your right hand to open the door. This “Dutch Open” technique will help remind you to look for passing cyclists.
9) Keep your headlights on all day to help increase your visibility to cyclists who may be ahead of you or approaching from the opposite direction.
10) When driving or exiting your vehicle, listen for bike bells and look for bike lights. These are often the best way for cyclists to let you know that they are approaching you.