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Sharing the Road with Cyclists

Road users must work together to keep our roads safe, but it can sometimes to be challenging to know who has the right of way in certain circumstances. Here we look at the proper and safe way for drivers to share the road with cyclists.

Intersections & Turns

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Scanning

1. Look well ahead.
2. Scan continuously.
3. Scan left, centre and right again.

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Intersections

1. Obey all traffic signs.
2. Scan left, centre, right, and left again before going through.
3. Check your rear and side mirrors for cyclists.
4. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot for cyclists.
5. Enter the intersection continuing to scan for cyclists.
6. Keep eye contact with motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

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Right of Way

1. To determine right of way at a controlled or uncontrolled intersection scan left, centre, and right for cyclists or pedestrians.
2. Remember that dismounted cyclists walking next to their bikes are considered pedestrians. If there is a cyclist standing with their bicycle waiting to cross the street or in the process of crossing the street, come to a full stop and yield the right of way to the cyclist.
3. Wait until the cyclist is clear of the crosswalk.
4. Scan left, centre, and right for any other road users.
5. Proceed through the intersection when safe to do so.

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Right Turns

1. Slow down and check your rear and side mirrors for cyclists.
2. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spots for cyclists.
3. Signal your intention to turn right.
4. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot again for cyclists.
5. If safe, steer into the right lane and adjust your speed to the flow of traffic.

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Left Turns

1. Scan a block ahead and look for cyclists.
2. Look left, centre, right, and then left again.
3. Check your rear and side mirrors for cyclists.
4. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot for cyclists.
5. Signal your intention to turn left.
6. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot again for cyclists.
7. If safe, steer into the lane and adjust your speed to the flow of traffic.

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Changing Lanes

1. Check your rear and side mirrors for cyclists.
2. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot for cyclists.
3. Signal your intention to change lanes.
4. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot again for cyclists.
5. If safe, steer into the lane and adjust your speed to the flow of traffic.

Sharing The Road

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Passing

1. Scan ahead to ensure it is safe to pass.
2. Check your rear and side mirrors for traffic.
3. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot for traffic.
4. Signal your intention to change lanes.
5. Shoulder check your vehicle’s blind spot again for traffic.
6. If safe, steer into the passing lane. Always change lanes to pass.  Do not pass too close.
7. Check your side mirror for visual of cyclist being passed.
8. When cyclist is visible in your rear mirror, shoulder check blind spot and signal return to lane.
9. Return to proper lane position, maintain speed, and cancel signal.

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Crosswalks

1. Stop before entering the crosswalk.
2. Yield the right of way to the pedestrian or dismounted cyclist.
3. Wait until the cyclist clears the crosswalk.
4. Before proceeding, scan left, centre, and right to ensure there are no other pedestrians or cyclists crossing the crosswalk.
5. Proceed on your way.

Driver’s Tips for Avoiding Collisions with Bicycles

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