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10 Tips on Sharing the Road

Did you know that cyclists, and drivers have the same rights, and responsibilities when using a road? However, being a cyclist means no airbags, seatbelts, or protective forcefield when on the road, so extra precautions need to be taken.

It is not solely up to the cyclist to follow the rules, and be safe on the roads. Here are some things you can do as a cyclist, or a motorist.

Motorists

1. Reduce Speed
There’s nothing more nerve wracking like a car whipping by you when you’re biking. Be Considerate, and slow down.

2. Leave a Safe Distance
Whether you’re passing, or following, leave a meter between you and the cyclist to give you both the space and time to react if need be.

3. Avoid Using the Horn
When near a cyclist, avoid using the the horn, as it can be distracting, and startling.

4. Yield to the Cyclist
Before turning, keep an eye out for cyclists, especially before turning left, when you may not be expecting them.

5. Look Twice Before Opening Your Door
Dooring can knock over a cyclist, or even push them into traffic, so check carefully for cyclists before opening your door to avoid a collision.

Cyclists

1. Use Hand Signals
Use the appropriate signs to signal your intentions to other road users

2. Use the Signalling Sequence
Do a shoulder check, if clear make the appropriate hand signal. Before changing lanes, shoulder check again, and finally change lanes, or turn.

3. Be Clear and Specific
The worst thing you can do on the road is be unpredictable. Being specific and clear of your intentions reduces the risk of drivers hitting you.

4. Shoulder Check
Just like when in a car, do a quick shoulder check to make sure you aren’t cutting anyone off, or turning into an occupied space.

5. Ride in Bike Lanes

It is illegal for cyclists to ride on the sidewalk. If there is no bike lane, ride on the road. While  riding on the road, it is even more important to share with motorists the responsibility of keeping everyone safe.

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