Share the road and the responsibility.

Top ten tips for making
our roads safer.

 

Hey Cyclists:

1. Pay Attention. 
Assume that motorists (and pedestrians) have not seen you. Avoid distractions like wearing earbuds or other headphones while you ride so that you can be fully aware of the traffic flow and obstacles around you.

2. Be Predictable.
Obey all traffic lights and stop signs and use hand signals to notify motorists that you intend to turn right, left or stop.  

3. Be Visible, and Audible. 
Wear bright colours, have a white front light and a red rear lights for night riding and riding during poor visibility. Use your bike bell liberally when approaching pedestrians and vehicles who may not see you.
 
4. Use the Bike Lanes. 
When one does not exist, ride on the far right of the curb lane. 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.

5. When in Doubt, Slow Down.
Prepare your bike to stop as you approach all obstacles, hidden driveways and blind corners.

Hey MOTORISTS:

1. Pay Attention. 
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.
 
2. Check Before You Turn.
Check your right blind-spot before turning right. Before turning left, look a bit further down the oncoming road to see if there are any cyclists approaching the intersection.
 
3. Give Space.
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. Respect the Bike Lanes.
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. Do not idle or park in a bike lane.
 
5. Exit With Caution. 
When exiting your parked vehicle, check behind your vehicle before opening your door. When exiting the drivers side of a vehicle, use your right hand to open the door. This “Dutch Reach” technique will help remind you to look for passing cyclists.  

 
 
 
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