Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016
In Canada, an increasing number of people are biking to school or work, or simply riding for fun or exercise. With so much traffic on the road, it’s important that cyclists understand their roles and responsibilities. By following these tips, you can help prevent any unnecessary injuries and help ensure that this bicycle season is a fun and safe one:
1. Choosing the best bicycle style depends on several important points: size, frame and seat height, as well as knowing the type of roads or trails you plan to ride on.
2. Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of injury and death. You should wear a helmet every time you ride a bicycle.
3. Ensure your bicycle is equipped with a bell, horn or other device to warn pedestrians or other vehicles that you are in the vicinity.
4. Bicycles must be equipped with both a headlight and taillight for night riding. Lights are important to see and to be seen.
5. Having reflectors and reflective tape on your helmet, clothes and bicycle will make you more visible at night.
6. Hand brakes will help you brake quickly. Remember to allow extra distance for stopping in the rain and other bad weather conditions.
7. Proper footwear such as running shoes or cycling shoes should be worn at all times when riding your bicycle.
8. Wear light toned clothing for visibility.
9. Riding a bicycle can be tiring. Carry a water bottle to ensure you are constantly hydrated.
10. Always follow the rules of the road when riding your bicycle. Cyclists have all of the same rights, rules and responsibilities as a motor vehicle.
11. Be extra cautious at busy intersections. Remember to look well ahead and to always scan intersections prior to riding across them.
12. Take extreme caution if you have to ride your bike on the sidewalk. Many vehicle-bike collisions involve a cyclist riding off sidewalks and onto roadways. In some municipalities, biking on the sidewalk is prohibited.
13. It is recommended to walk your bicycle on pedestrian crosswalks and overpasses. If you walk your bike across a crosswalk, you have the right-of-way. If you are riding your bicycle, you do not have the legal right-of way.
14. Before heading out for a bike ride, conduct an ABC check (Air; brakes, bar and bell; and chain and crank).
15. If you leave your bicycle unattended, ensure you lock your bicycle with a strong lock and chain or cable to the frame of the bicycle and stand or fence so that the bicycle is secure.
For more information, please contact the Health Promotion office at local 4685.
Adapted from Bike Safety
(May 2015), Canadian