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Bicycle Safety - Share The Road

Posted in the EaZyTalk Newsletter page on 06/24/2015 10:09:20 on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

In an effort to keep members of the community safe, as summer approaches be aware of the increase in cyclists on the road, and adhere to the responsibilities as a motorist and a cyclist.

Remember to follow the Three R’s of safe cycling.
• Same Roads: Motor vehicles and bicycles share the same roads.
• Same Rights: As a cyclist, you have a right to your space on the road. The key is to understand your rights and follow them consistently.
• Same Rules: Other than a cyclist’s position on the road, cyclists have to follow the same rules of the road as motorists including obeying all signs and traffic control devices.

Your responsibilities as a cyclist
• Ride respectfully – the same traffic laws that apply to motorists also apply to you.
• Use hand signals and eye contact to communicate your actions to motorists.
• Ride in a straight line and do not weave between parked cars.
• Do not ride on the sidewalk.
• Ride single file when riding with other cyclists.
• Ride as closely as practicable to the right hand boundary of the road.
• Increase your visibility by wearing brightly coloured clothing.
• Use a white front light and a red rear light in low light conditions.

Your responsibilities as a motorist
Motorists can help reduce the number of bicycle and motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities by understanding cyclists' positioning on the road and following some important traffic tips:
• Reduce your speed when encountering cyclists.
• Leave a safe following distance in case the cyclist needs to stop suddenly.
• Try not to use your car horn as it can be very loud and startling to a cyclist.
• Recognize the hazards that cyclists may face (e.g. debris on the road) and give them plenty of space. Experienced cyclists recommend that motorists provide at least one metre (3 ft.) of clearance. Depending on circumstances and the cyclist’s position, you may need to change lanes to pass safely.
• Be cautious and respectful of cyclists and other road users.
• When turning left, watch for and yield to oncoming cyclists just as you would to oncoming motorists.
• When turning right, yield to any cyclist traveling on your right. Do not try to pass a cyclist if you are planning to turn right at the next intersection or driveway.
• When passing cyclists, treat them as you would a slow-moving vehicle. Do not tailgate and always pass at a safe distance.
• Children on bicycles can be unpredictable. Expect the unexpected and slow down.
• Look for cyclists before opening your car doors.

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