As part of our effort to promote mobility and road safety, CAA is interviewing Canadians from coast to coast on how they stay safe and share the road. Catch all the interviews here.
Meet Andrew Hiltz: He’s a travel blogger for the government of Saskatchewan. It’s his job to travel all over the province and showcase all the best of life, work and play on his blog called the SaskatcheWanderer.
How much is cycling a part of your daily life/life style? What does cycling mean to you?
Growing up as a kid I biked all the time – my way to explore! Now, as an adult, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to bike in the city, but I do steal my dad’s bike now and then and hit the trails around here.
What are your favourite cycling spots in Saskatchewan?
Probably Cypress Hills Provincial Park. I did a lot of biking out there a couple of months ago, and they just have such awesome trails out there!
What steps do you take to prepare for a bike ride?
I check tire pressure, brakes and the bell. I just make sure everything is working properly and smoothly before heading out.
What are the challenges sharing the road with cars and how do you navigate those?
I was living in Vancouver for a while and out there got very close with all sorts of traffic’s heavy weights. The biggest challenge to me is making sure you know all the signals, and know where to ride on the road when you’re sharing the space. So, brushing up on those basics is a thing everyone should do to navigate road sharing safely. The CAA Road Test and Bike Quiz are great ways to brush up on your safety knowledge.
What would be your one advice to fellow cyclists when it comes to staying safe on the road?
Wear a helmet. As simple as that is but, I’m not even kidding, that is just such a common misconception that people who feel confident in their cycling skills don’t see the need to put on a helmet anymore. So, that’d be my biggest point: even if you rent a bike for a short trip or you’re out on the park trails, please wear a helmet.
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