With the arrival of the warmer weather, more and more cyclists are using their bicycles for commuting to school or work, as well as for pleasure and physical activity. This means an increased amount of traffic on our roadways for motorists and cyclists. With all of this increased traffic, CAA has prepared an online Bike Safety section that contains pertinent and valuable information to help drivers and cyclists share the road safely.
Here are a few tips for drivers:
- Look at least one block ahead when driving on city streets.
- Scan aggressively for cyclists and signals and pedestrians too.
- Use your vehicle’s rear and side mirrors to check for traffic.
- Wet weather conditions affect your ability to see other road users, especially cyclists. Be sure to give cyclists plenty of room on wet roads, slow down and ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition.
- Plan turns and lane changes well in advance and be aware of cyclist routes and bike paths.
- Check for cyclists prior to left or right turns.
- Never follow too close to cyclists as they usually stop quicker than a motor vehicle.
- Use extra caution when driving in parking lots, playground and school zones.
Cyclists can use these following tips:
- The best choice of bicycle style depends on size, frame and seat height.
- Wearing a bike helmet increases your chances of surviving a fall, crash or collision.
- Always follow the rules of the road when riding on city streets. Be extra cautious at busy intersections. Look well ahead and scan intersections.
- Obey all traffic laws while riding your bicycle.
- Be Alert - scan ahead, center, left and right.
- Be Wary – of vehicles, pedestrians and other road users.
- Be Seen – use your horn, hand signals and light to be seen by other road users.
- Ride in single file.
- Ride with your head up and never stare at the ground – you need to see what is coming up ahead.
A short Bike Safety Quiz and Road Test are also featured online at bikesafety.caa.ca. Share the information with family and friends to help keep our roadways safe for all cyclists and motorists.