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Some Rules For Safe Cycling


Cautious cyclists seldom crash. Use common sense while riding your bicycle. Follow these safe cycling rules to reduce crashes.

  1. Do not assume that you will be given the right-of-way. The other person may not be willing to grant it.
  2. Cyclists must ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. 
  3. Use as much of the lane as required to be safe from roadside hazards.
  4. Pass other cyclist(s) only where you can safely complete the pass.
  5. If you are being passed, keep riding a straight line. Give way to the other cyclist by hugging a little more the right side of the road.
  6. Ride a straight course. Don’t weave between parked cars. Stay at least one metre from parked cars to avoid opening doors.
  7. When stopping is necessary, see that you and your bicycle are at least one metre clear of the paved surface or the curb. Always exit your bicycle on the right hand side.
  8. Know and obey all traffic signs and use hand signals to indicate a turn or a stop.
  9. When approaching an intersection, slow down and check in all directions for hazards.
  10. Vehicular left turn. Signal and look behind you. When there’s an opening, move into the left lane and turn from near the centre line.
  11. Pedestrian left turn. When traffic is heavy and it feels unsafe to change into the left lane, ride straight through the intersection, stop at the corner and walk your bike across the intersection.
  12. When leaving a parked position, check oncoming traffic and signal.
  13. You must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at the end of a block.
  14. Do not tailgate a motor vehicle.
  15. Always cross railroad tracks at a right angle (perpendicularly) with the tracks.
  16. Good cyclists do more than comply with the law. Be considerate of the other user of the road to your mutual advantage. The life you save may be your own!

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