Safety is always a two-way street.

Respecting each other on the roads and trails, however you choose to travel.

Both cyclists and drivers have a role to play in sharing the road responsibly. Make travelling on the roads and trails more enjoyable for everyone by being courteous and safe. Check out these tips to refresh your cruising savvy. 

Focus on the road

Research has shown that approximately one-quarter of crashes can be attributed to distraction (e.g. communications devices, seeking for preferred music, eating, or attending to personal grooming). Driving or cycling requires full concentration.

Observe all traffic laws

Bicycles are considered a vehicle under the BC Motor Vehicle Act; same road, same rules. Whether on a bike or behind the wheel, always follow the Rules of the Road in BC. For an excellent refresher, please check out the ICBC learn to drive smart manual.

Cruise in a straight line at speeds safe for the conditions

Riding or driving in a straight line makes you predictable to other road users.

Pass other vehicles including cyclists & parked vehicles slowly

Unless the travel lane is large enough to allow you to pass with at least 1 metre of space between you and the person on the bicycle, passing requires moving into another lane. Ensure that the pass may be done safely and legally. Anyone on a bicycle may choose to “take” or occupy the lane to discourage passing when it is not safe to do so, to avoid road hazards, or to prepare for a left turn. Bicycles should not pass vehicles on the right unless a bike lane is present, and should do so with caution. When passing parked vehicles on a bicycle, allow at least 1 metre of space yourself and the vehicle so as to avoid the “door zone”.

Check and yield before making a turn

Always check your mirrors and do a shoulder check whenever you plan to turn. Stop before entering a crosswalk, and yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.

Look behind before changing lanes or opening a vehicle door

Always do a shoulder check before changing lanes or swinging open a vehicle door.

Communicate with signals and eye contact

Avoid honking your horn. Always clearly indicate your intentions to turn by signalling (know the bike hand signals). On a bike, ring your bell before passing pedestrians on multi-use trails.

Mellow when yielding the right of way

In giving the right-of-way, approach the intersection slowly to signal your intentions to yield and to avoid startling fellow road users. Keep your wheels straight and avoid creeping forward until it is your turn to go.

Cooperate and show mutual respect

Fellow road users include friends, neighbours, colleagues, and family. Collaborate and treat each other well.

Forgive fellow road users if they make mistakes

We all make mistakes. Rather than getting angry, take the opportunity to be grateful that no one was hurt and move on.

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