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Cycling Safety Tips

BE SAFE: ICBC Safety Tips. Please Share & Encourage Everyone to Stay Safe

ICBC is Bike to Work BC’s Safety Sponsor. Please help everyone stay safe during cycling season and consider sharing these safety tips with all road users you know:

Tips for cyclists

  • The start of the cycling season is a good time to tune up your bike. Do regular maintenance and safety checks yourself or take your bike to a qualified bike mechanic.
  • Plan your route before you go, give yourself plenty of time and choose bike lanes and paths where possible. If you’re new to cycling, pick routes with less traffic.
  • With varying weather at this time of year, plan for the conditions you may encounter by having reflective gear and lights ready to use. When riding at dusk, dawn or at night, your bike must be equipped with a white headlight visible at 150 metres and a rear red light and reflector visible at 100 metres.
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you at all times and scan ahead for hazards like potholes, gravel, glass and drainage grates.
  • When turning, shoulder check well in advance, hand signal and then with both hands on the handle bars, shoulder check again before turning.
  • Watch for vehicles entering the roadway from laneways and parking lots.
  • Ride at least one metre away from parked vehicles to avoid being hit by an opening door or a vehicle pulling into your lane from the curb. Use caution if you notice someone in the vehicle.
  • Cyclists must always follow the rules of the road just like any other vehicle. Cycle in a straight line, avoid weaving and try to be as predictable as possible.
  • Always wear a helmet – it’s the law in BC. Make sure you use an approved bicycle helmet that meets safety standards and periodically inspect it for signs of wear.
  • When sharing a path with pedestrians, ride on the right hand side to ensure everyone’s safety. Use a bike bell or horn to alert others when you plan to pass.

Tips for drivers

  • Actively watch for cyclists on the road. Make eye contact with cyclists whenever possible to let them know you have seen them.
  • Shoulder check for cyclists before turning right and watch for oncoming cyclists before turning left.
  • Before you or a passenger opens a vehicle door, shoulder check for cyclists coming from behind. Also shoulder check for cyclists before you pull away from a curb.
  • If you need to cross a bike lane to turn right or to pull to the side of the road, signal well in advance and yield to cyclists.
  • If you’re entering the roadway from a laneway or parking lot, always scan for cyclists and other road users.
  • Cyclists may need to react quickly and unexpectedly to avoid hazards on the road so leave at least three seconds of following distance.
  • Don’t honk your horn at a cyclist unless you need to give them a warning. A loud honk could startle them or even cause them to fall.
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