Nearly four out of five crashes involving cyclists occur at intersections in B.C.
WEAR A HELMET.
Too many people still ride out without a helmet, leaving them extremely vulnerable.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE VISIBLE.
Wear reflective clothing and use lights on your bike, especially in low light conditions or rain.
ACT LIKE A CAR.
Follow the flow of traffic. Ride in a straight line. Don’t weave in and out of surrounding cars. Use hand signals and be sure to let drivers know where you’re going.
FOLLOW THE RULES.
Obey traffic lights, signals, signs and right-of-way rules.
STAY FOCUSED ON THE ROAD.
Don’t talk on the phone while riding your bike. Don’t listen to music either. Part of safe cycling is being aware of your surroundings, and audio cues help with this.
WATCH FOR OBSTACLES.
Roads aren’t perfect. Some spots are uneven. Others have potholes. Still others have garbage that can suddenly cause you to lose control.
CHECK YOUR BIKE.
Check your brakes and wheels. Don’t go for a ride without first making sure your bike is in good condition.
STAY ON THE RIGHT.
Stay as close as you can to the right edge of the road whenever possible, especially if you’re slower than other traffic.