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Ottawa Police will conduct bicycle safety blitz starting June 11

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 7, 2013 9:00am 

(Ottawa)—Between June 11 and 14, 2013, the Ottawa Police Service will be conducting a bicycle safety blitz in Ottawa’s Upper Town area to ensure cyclists are adhering to road safety rules.

Ottawa Police would like to remind cyclists of the following rules listed under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Ottawa Traffic and Parking Bylaw as well as some key safety tips:

• Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
• Exercise caution when crossing intersections.
• Shoulder check and signal all lane changes, turns and stops.
• Use proper hand signaling when turning and stopping.
• Recognize and be mindful of the blind spots around cars, trucks and buses.
• Cycle on the right side of the road.
• Ride only in the designated direction on one-way streets.
• It is unsafe and illegal to ride on the sidewalk.
• Wear a helmet (required if under 18 years of age).
• Have a bell or horn on your bike.
• Be bright at night. Use a headlight, taillight, reflectors and light-colored or retro-reflective clothing so drivers can see you.
• Share the road with other users.

Safety tips also apply to drivers to increase the safety of cyclists:

• Treat bicycles as you would any other vehicle on the road. Cyclists generally ride in the right-most through traffic lane, about one meter from the curb or parked cars.
• When passing a cyclist, leave a safe distance between your car and the bicycle. Give extra passing distance during slippery road conditions.
• Pass at a moderate speed and give plenty of space on quiet roads. Cyclists may be startled by fast-approaching vehicles.
• Shoulder check and signal all lane changes and turns.
• Check for bicycles in your side view mirror before opening your car doors.

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