Cycling

Sharing The Road

The number of bikes on our roads continues to rise. Cyclists ride for exercise, they ride as a leisure activity with their friends or family, they ride to get to work – and today, in some parts of the country, cycling is a year-round activity. Road safety depends on the cooperation of motorists and cyclists. Most motorists are—or have been—cyclists and most adult cyclists drive motor vehicles.

Tensions may arise between road users sometimes, but everyone can agree drivers and cyclists need to learn how to safely share the road.

Motorists: Tips on sharing the road safely

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Leave at least one metre of space between you and cyclists.

Be predictable and use your turn signals to indicate your intentions and always obey traffic signals and signs.

Check your mirrors and blind spots before turning, changing lanes, passing or merging.

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When parked on the street, don’t open your door into traffic – instead, do the Dutch Reach and check your blind spot first.

 

Cyclists: Be seen. Be heard. Be ready.

Easy ways to be safe and comfortable on your bike.

Be Seen

1. Wear lightly-toned or brightly-colored clothing.

2. Use reflectors and reflective tape on your helmet, clothes, and bicycle.

3. Equip your bike with a headlight and taillight for night riding.

Be Heard

4. Equip your bike with a bell or horn to signal pedestrians and drivers, and to pass other bikes safely.

Be Ready

5. Always wear running or cycling shoes while riding.

6. Avoid loose-fitting pants that can get tangled in your bike chain.

7. Equip your bike with a cage and water bottle that can be easily and safely accessible.