The warmer months of summer have finally arrived, which means more cyclists will be exploring local biking trails and sharing roads with motorists. If you’re a cyclist, be sure to follow some key tips for keeping yourself and others safe on the road!
- Know Your Route
Being familiar with your route can help you make safe and confident choices while cycling; when embarking on a new route, always check a cycling map to plan out your trip ahead of time so you’re more familiar with where you’ll be going.
- Take Care of Your Bike
Before each time you ride, take time to ensure your bike is in safe working order. This includes checking your brakes, chains, tires, and seat heights. Make adjustments as needed, and make sure you have a local bike shop you can trust with any repairs or adjustments you may need assistance with.
- Stay Alert and Aware
Stay aware of your speed, and always slow down in advance when you see a road crossing coming up. If you’re on a shared path with pedestrians, you should always keep your speed at 15 km/h or less for your safety and the safety of those around you.
- Make Yourself Visible
Aside from using lights while riding (even during the day), you can also make yourself visible by wearing bright, reflective colors.
- Respect Pedestrians
When approaching a heavy pedestrian area, slow down and get off your bike temporarily if needed. Keep in mind that in some areas, such as around Vancouver, it is illegal to ride your bike on a sidewalk.
- Eliminate Distractions
Never use a mobile device while riding; if you need to make a phone call or respond to a text, stop riding to do so. If you choose to listen to music while you ride, keep just one earbud in your ear so you can still hear what’s going on around you.
- Pass on the Left Only
Remember that when sharing the road with motorists, you may only pass on the left unless you’re in a designated bike lane.
- Follow Road Laws
In general, cyclists are required to follow all the same laws as motorists. This means obeying traffic signals and signs, and following right-of-way laws as they apply to you.
- Wear a Helmet
Did you know that cyclists are legally required to wear a helmet in British Columbia? Don’t be caught without one. A helmet can significantly reduce your chances of serious injury or death in an accident.
- Communicate Intentions
Hand signals should be used to communicate when you’re turning or passing, especially when sharing the road with motorists. If possible, use your bell or voice to audibly communicate your intentions as well.
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